Ning – Social media platform

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I’ve picked up on a couple of blogs recently referring to Ning, a platform for creating individual social networks or communities of practice.It allows you to have your own site to which people can sign up andleave blog posts, have forum discussions, upload photos and videos andpublish RSS feeds. The most recent commentary was from Dave Briggs over at LGNewmedia.

I sometimes wonder whether it would be preferable to abandon the bespoke work we’re doing with the IDeA CoP paltformand use an off the shelf development environment such as Ning. Not sureyet what the right answer is, since I also have to ensure the IDeA CoPsolution is fully integrated with other (legacy) platforms, such as theIDeA knowledge web site.  I can see that the technology trend – call it Web 2.0, mashups, Ajax or whatever – is bringing sophisticated content integration and publishing tools within the reach of anyone with a broadband connection. 

Scoble has a couple of videos up about Ning if you want to know more.

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Stephen Dale

I’m a life-long learner with an insatiable curiosity about life. I love travel, good food, and good company. I’m happy to share what I know with others….even the interesting stuff! My outlook on life is pretty well captured in this quote from a book about the legend of King Arthur: “The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.” ― T.H. White, The Once and Future King So much to learn, so little time!
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