Yes we (College of Mount St. Joseph) are but I've set it to private (username/password protect).
The adoption rate has been slow to say the least. It seems that there is a really technical divide between marketing/IT/graphic design and the rest of the college campus including alumni relations.
Until three months ago the alumni department didn't have email address for their alumni (another matter).
The interest is there especially from new alumni. It just seems like everyone is afraid of technology. If you decide to go the Ning route I'd like to hear how it's going for you.
I've been thinking about using Ning for this purpose. I've not found a 3rd party company yet that knows what its doing when it comes to this, but we don't have the resources to develop something in house, though that would be ideal. I'm also looking at Elgg, an open source option - it looks very interesting.
The big benefit our Alumni dept is looking for is a way to help keep their alumni database up to date with current contact information. I don't know if a Ning site would help them with that.
I have a Ning site for my sorority alumnae association. I have it password protected, but one thing that I have learned is that a private site doesn't have the same weight today as it did several years ago. More people are grouping up in social media and don't see the need to get one more account and remember one more password.
We are as well, though it is still fairly new. I was told today we were getting 100/week new subscribers. It is a great service, but I often wonder just how much of a dependency on social networking platforms we ought to have.
I am a Doctor - General Surgeon & have created site for Government Medical College Surat Alumni - This site is like Facebook and can be joined on invitation only .
This site is for students who have passed from Government Medical College Surat of Gujarat State in India.
"I would support using LinkedIn for this group (and have confirmed that I am a member over there). Generally I follow highered topics/people on twitter, but long-range/complicated discussions are impossible on that platform. A combo of…"
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"This is the first time I have been here in a long time. Selfishly, I would hope that you would be able to continue the site, but I understand realities. As I re-acquaint myself, I'm seeing a lot of value in what you have tirelessly built.…"
"Hi Mark, in line with many others who have posted, first a big thank you for providing this resource for so many years. I was a keen reader of it and occasional poster a good few years ago. And I loved my Website Hero mug until I dropped it and had…"
"I was a recent addition and did not find too much activity here that I could leverage but LinkedIn does seem to be the logical destination. Perhaps there is interest here and you can crowd source the migration. Migrating the content could…"
"I would be very sorry to see this resource go. I am just a one person shop at my college and feel quite a alone as far as anyone understanding the complexity of what I do. It's a wonderful thing to see people facing the same challenges I face…"
"I wouldn't feel necessary to stick with Ning if the cost isn't a burden. Facebook, LinkedIn, and Slack are all satisfactory options in my opinion. Slack is a great option for more instant communication, and you'll probably find a lot…"
"Thank you Mark, this has been an invaluable resource - particularly for seeing how our cohorts at other institutions approach the problems we all face.
But, as many people have said today, I haven't visited in a while. I think that's…"
"Regardless of where this goes, Mark, thanks for setting it up and running it all these years!
I find it quite useful myself, lurking mostly, but occasionally joining in where it might help us, or I might be able to provide value. I like having this…"
"OK, I give up. I am at Texas A&M, and @tamu.edu is not listed among those allowed to create userids. Can someone either (1) add TAMU.EDU or (2) send me an invitation to uwebd slack? (email@example.com).
I agree that the paid Ning site may have outlived its usefulness in light of other group media apps. Like many have stated, Slack and FaceBook / LinkedIn groups. are good options. Slack may not have as much adoption as FB or LI yet.
"If you decide to leave Ning, please consider as an additional place to have this discussion group at no cost, the GROUPS.IO discussion group network which is free and of a very high quality. It also provides a wiki to those who have discussion…"