Today Ning announced that they will be eliminating their free service via a post on the Network Creators site. Here is a excerpt from the post:
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.
Here is the full post
along with a growing number of comments.
I will be interested to see how this plays out and the ultimate impact on this site. Thanks to the ongoing generosity of OmniUpdate, we do not use the free version of Ning. I don't expect radical change to Ning's pricing structure and I am hopeful that OmniUpdate's support will continue.
We now have almost 3200 members and over 13,000 unique visitors per month. This site has grown into a valuable resource to many in the higher education web community and I have no intention of having this valuable resource disappear.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to share them below.