No alumni social network yet, but I have started several Ning social networks for various University related activities, including for a regular class. I do think the Ning platform may just be the way to go. The number of social networks on Ning this semester has "exploded" and Ning has been impressive in the number of new features they have added during this time.
Our alumni office is using iModules for an alumni network. It's just about to launch. I created a Ning Network for campus Web developers. I only have 18 users so far and am still in beta, but I think it will work out well once we get more discussion going. It seems to have great potential for team projects.
We have just implemented a Ning alumni group and the adoption process is slowly catching on. Our alumni office is extremely behind in technologies so they're not up on too much. I created the group for them and am overseeing discussions currently.
No issues so far in terms of negatives. But if I find one I'll let you know.
University of Richmond is in the pilot phase of deploying Ning for a campus-wide social network. Since it would be antithetical to the spirit of a social network to limit membership much, we opted to recruit all communities within UR (students, facstaff, alumni), though we are starting with the on campus groups, and will just let the alumni come in virally for a while. We see this working best as something between Facebook and Blackboard, though it could morph into something unexpected. Definitely an experiment in progress.
We also see value for connecting employers with our students via our career center. This has some risks as we would have businesses on our site, but as long as everyone behaved, it might work. Any thoughts in this realm?
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