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I am trying to find a good alternative to creating a Ning network for incoming students and wondering if the 'Yammer communities' (they allow non-domain email address holders to be also invited) could a good option...

 

Yammer is already used as an internal comms platform in our institution.

 

Does anyone have an opinion on this?

 

 

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Just out of curiosity, why don't you want to use Ning for the network? Hope you're doing well!
Hi Brad, good to hear from you! My undertanding is that Ning charges now??
Yes it is true that Ning no longer offers a free option. That being said, their pricing structure is very reasonable. In addition to this site, I have created dozens of Ning sites for colleges and universities. Very few of them used the free model and welcome the additional features and controls in the paid versions.

I'd be happy to talk with you about the pro's and con's of Ning, along with some of the alternatives.
Now, I heard that Yammer charges too once an institution reaches a certain threshold of users... I don't know what the exact cost structure is but that leaves us with no free solution...
Yes, I'd be also interested in how other institutions use Yammer.
You too! Heading your way twice in next 6-8 weeks. I still need to get to NZ though! :)

Ning does charge, but it's still very reasonable and in my opinion, a good thing! Now they can focus on serving paid customers and offering an even product down the road. I'll be doing a webinar in October with a client for a case study on their network and the successes, let me know if you'd be interested and I can get you more info!
Oh, where are you going? Don't tell me Australia???!
Haha, yeah :) Cairns/Sydney/Wollongong this month, Melbourne/Sydney/Gold Coast next month.
Why not stop off in Adelaide?? :)
So, if I am reading this right...everyone so far feels that Ning is the way to go. Anyone using Yammer to do more than internal communications? we do have it for that use, but have been looking for more uses of this technology.

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