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NING dropping FREE NING sites...Notice to all Patriot sites


I just received information today that NING is transitioning away from free sites. Emil of God and Country USA and I have found an alternative at GROU.PS. We just opened two sites there and Site creators can check out our sites to get an idea to help them decide if they want to move to their sites like this one to GROU.PS, i.e.

NOW the NING NOTICE From CREATORS NING - Here is what it says:


Today we made some changes at Ning. I want to share with you the email Jason Rosenthal, our CEO, sent to all Ning employees:


When I became CEO 30 days ago, I told you I would take a hard look at our business. This process has brought real clarity to what's working, what's not, and what we need to do now
to make Ning a big success.

My main conclusion is that we need to double down on our premium services business. Our Premium Ning Networks like Friends or Enemies, Linkin Park, Shred or Die, Pickens Plan,
and tens of thousands of others both drive 75% of our monthly US traffic, and
those Network Creators need and will pay for many more services and features
from us.

So, we are going to change our strategy to devote 100% of our resources to building the winning product to capture this big opportunity. We will phase out our free service.
Existing free networks will have the opportunity to either convert to paying for
premium services, or transition off of Ning. We will judge ourselves by our
ability to enable and power Premium Ning Networks at huge scale. And all of our
product development capability will be devoted to making paying Network Creators
extremely happy.

As a consequence of this change, I have also made the very tough decision to reduce the size of our team from 167 people to 98 people. As hard as this is to do, I am confident
that this is the right decision for our company, our business, and our
customers. Marc and I will work diligently with everyone affected by this to
help them find great opportunities at other companies.

I've never seen a more talented and devoted team, and it has been my privilege to get to know and work with each and every one of you over the last 18 months.

We'll use today to say goodbye to our friends and teammates who will be leaving the company. Tomorrow, I will take you through, in detail, our plans for the next three
months and our new focus.

Jason Rosenthal

I know many of you will have questions about this announcement. We will share detailed plans within two weeks.

I feel confident that this change in direction will be very positive for our premium
service customers because Ning will be 100% focused on delivering the features
and services which benefit you and help you achieve your goals.

I will be here to answer your questions and respond to your concerns. However, today I
am focusing on my team, so there may be a delay in my

John McDonald
VP Advocacy

Site creators may want to check out the two sites below to give them an idea of what a site can look like and they may want to create a GROU.PS site as an alternative for NING since it is closing it's free sites. I don't work for GROU.PS either. The site is free and Emil and I only started our respective sites April 11th.

Sons of Liberty -
God and Country USA -
Note I post as Greycoat on GROU.PS Sons of Liberty

PS - If this site is paid for, i.e. not free, then please disregard, but let other site creator of other NING sites know who use their free site service.

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Comment by Ghost Recon on April 15, 2010 at 10:55pm
Whatever the time frame I'm hoping word of this news gets out so Site Creators can have the most time available to decide what to do and that yes there are options. I also looked at a free forum and another site on Flux, but found to be more like NING than anything else.
Comment by Ghost Recon on April 15, 2010 at 10:48pm
I note they didn't say, but once they decide to do it I would guess what 30 days? 60 days? Emil at his site, like some other sites, were having problems with people getting their accounts disabled. He still has a site on NING. He was getting frustrated like many of us, i.e. I got locked out twice, so I went looking for alternatives and re-created Sons of Liberty on (I used to have a site on NING), so Emil could check it out and I could test it out as well. He liked it. So far I've been pleased and Emil is transitioning not because of this recent news, albeit he will now have too, but because of his members getting locked out with their NING accounts getting "disabled".


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