Social Networks Are the New Blog

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Ning, the Marc Andreesen-backed social network creation service, has reached 100,000 networks. Ning, which powers our own AdGabber social network, makes it easy and free for anyone to create their own social network without having to possess any technical skills. Writing on his blog, Andreesen describes Ning as a horizontal network of social networks which purposefully does not focus on or serve any particular vertical.

Andreesen describes the atmospheric growth of Ning as double viral, writing, "On Ning, users both join existing user-created networks -- one of the 100,000+ networks that already exist -- and/or create their own networks. This is a double viral loop. Loop one is users being invited to join a network created on Ning. Loop two is some percentage of those users creating their own new networks and then inviting other people to join those new networks."

With marketers finally catching on (or at least joining) social networks like Facebook after having heavy-handedly botching most earlier MySpace efforts, Ning (and I speak from personal experience) makes it so insanely (as Jobs would day) easy to launch and maintain a social network, there's no reason any company in any category shouldn't be launching one of their own. A blog? That's so 2005. Social networks are the new blog.

by Steve Hall    Sep-24-07   Click to Comment   
Topic: Opinion, Social   

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I completely agree with you. After building a social network from ground up a couple of years ago and seeing how hard it was to get to the point where we could actually invite people (mojizu.com) to the point that I was able to create, launch and have my first members joining in the first day was "insane"
I have launched three sites on ning with-in the past 24 days and I just can't stop myself!! it's a great place to experiment and so on.
I think blogs are still powerful for what they are, to me these guys are the forums of yesterday..either way I'm having a blast with sabet.tv, sabetmobile.com and pixophone.com..they are so much fun. I still love my baby "mojizu" !
thanks for the post..it was very insightful.

Posted by: ali sabet on September 26, 2007 1:13 AM

I completely agree with you. After building a social network from ground up a couple of years ago and seeing how hard it was to get to the point where we could actually invite people (mojizu.com) to the point that I was able to create, launch and have my first members joining in the first day was "insane"
I have launched three sites on ning with-in the past 24 days and I just can't stop myself!! it's a great place to experiment and so on.
I think blogs are still powerful for what they are, to me these guys are the forums of yesterday..either way I'm having a blast with sabet.tv, sabetmobile.com and pixophone.com..they are so much fun. I still love my baby "mojizu" !
thanks for the post..it was very insightful.

Posted by: ali sabet on September 26, 2007 1:14 AM







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