With data becoming more accessible and powerful, data.world offers easy cataloging solutionsRead more...
Unnamed educational company to sponsor educator-founded networks.
In mid April, Ning made the controversial announcement that it was shutting down all free networks, a move that sparked considerable punditry about the perils of freemium services.
The announcement was followed by an outcry from non-profit organizations and teachers that had invested significant time building communities, but didn't have the budget to upgrade. Over 1000 educators signed a petition to "keep Ning free for non profit and educational use."
On Tuesday, those petitioners got their way. CEO Jason Rosenthal wrote on the Ning blog that the company had "heard from many Network Creators who use Ning in theclassroom as an integral part of their curriculum. I am particularlyexcited to announce that a major education company will be sponsoringNing Mini Networks for educators in primary and secondary education. Ning will remain free for K-12 educators and their students. We’ll have details on this program soon!"
The sponsored Mini networks can be used for primary and secondary teachers, and can be used for students 13+ in high school. Ning's terms of service will continue to limit membership on Ning networks to age 13 and up.
Ning also announced their pricing plans, which include "NingMini" for $2.29, ideal, Rosenthal says, for non-profits.
The "major educational company" that has no name could be good or bad. I'm assured it will be good, but I can imagine more than one largeeducational company whose providing Ning Mini networks for free wouldbe looked upon with suspicion. What's also not spelled out is whatkind of control that company will have, their ability to market ormessage to the creators and members of the networks, and if there willbe any advertising by that company on the networks.
Network owners who are not satisfied with their options will have the option of exporting all their data for hosting elsewhere when the new pricing plans launch in July. Owners will have 30 days from that point to choose a pricing plan or export their content.
Users can migrate their data to other services like KickApps (free to start, with tiered pricing for traffic), BuddyPress and Posterous. VatorNews correspondent Reena Jadhav says her company nuAlerts will also do a free data transfer for operators looking for a new free home.
Support VatorNews by Donating
Read more from our "Trends and news" series
An Advocate for VisionRead more...
Headspace, Lyra, Koa Health, Ginger, and Spring Health were among those that saw new investmentsRead more...
Related Companies, Investors, and Entrepreneurs
Joined Vator onPosterous is the easiest way to post rich media online. Simply compose an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, including any text and attachments. You can attach images, video, audio, documents, and links. We'll convert everything to most web friendly format and publish it online instantly.
Joined Vator on
HealthBootcamps is a platform for doctors to offer actionable affordable online health programs to 100 million Americans suffering from chronic disease.
Our health bootcamps are powered by Dr. Joel Kahn for heart health, Dr. Connealy for beating cancer, Dr. Vij for diabetes, Dr. Seibel for women's health and menopause, Dr. Comella for biohacking health and many more.
Joined Vator onKickApps is a hosted platform that allows webmasters to quickly and easily deploy user-generated content and social networking functionality directly on their websites.
Joined Vator on
Ning is the world’s largest platform to create powerful, custom social websites. Top organizers, marketers, influencers, and activists use Ning to create a social destination where content intersects with conversations to inspire action. Every social website comes with out-of-the-box social integration, community features, point-and-click design tools, and turnkey monetization solutions that are easy to use.
In October 2010, Ning announced the launch of Ning Everywhere. It offers unparalleled flexibility for Ning Creators and third party developers to create mobile apps, monetize and integrate with popular cloud services in a matter of clicks, and develop custom apps using Ning’s API.
Ning spans categories including politics, entertainment, consumer brands, small business, non-profits, education and more, connecting over 74 million people around the globe with the topics they are passionate about. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Ning was co-founded in October 2004 by Chairman Marc Andreessen and is privately held.
Joined Vator onReena Jadhav is a 4 time entrepreneur (Done.com, Conduit, JobFlash, Riiwards), now working on HealerPedia.com, start-up Advisor, and Investor with Valley incubators. Harvard MBA, Summa Cum Laude Wharton Business School.