To Ning or not to Ning

To Ning or not to Ning

By Rajesh Setty on Mon 17 Oct 2005, 10:07 PM – 2 Comments

I have been exploring Ning, a simple

framework for building social apps. The promise of Ning is compelling

and it appears like it should be easy to create applications like Craigslist, Flickr or Ning was founded by Gina Bianchini and Marc Andreessen.

I was tempted to get a beta developer account and get my hands dirty on

this one quickly. Before that, I did want to check how they were going

to make money from this offering. Once I found that out, I realized

that the details are sketchy and the exposure of creating an app is

huge at this point in time.

Here is the Ning FAQ if you want to read it yourself. Two things caught my attention:

* Application Quota is for public applications is 1GB.

  Note: Don’t know what it would cost for additional storage.

* You need to pay for turning off features like “Clone this app” or “View Source”

  Note: If

I am building a serious application with a lot of effort, I may not

want someone to clone this app. How much does it cost to turn off the

features are not provided

So, long story short, I will wait until they announce more details. I

am sure Ning will come up with answers to the above and I think until

then I will work on my other projects ;)


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Anonymous  on October 18th, 2005

Thanks very much for checking us out!

The fees for the two premium services you point out are still being worked out – we’ll announce them as soon as they’re finalised.

In the meantime, however, you may still want to have a play in our Playground. Not only is it a great place for small, fun experiments with web services and social apps, but you may find that 1GB is enough space for your app’s requirements, and that opening your app to clones is a way to build a collaborative community around your code rather than a bunch of ripoffs. (Of course, you may find the opposite, which is why we’ll be offering those premium services.)

If you have any further questions or problems, please don’t hesitate to drop me a mail at (my first name) @ Cheers!

– Yoz Grahame, Ning Developer Advocate

Anonymous  on October 19th, 2005

Yoz, thanks for reaching out. Just the fact that you took the time to find this post and respond shows me that Ning is a responsive company. Hat’s off to you folks.

I will send a separate mail to connect offline to clarify a couple of things. All the best.



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