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.