The free social network NING that drives the Digital Village Social Network is intending to go PREMIUM only. The announcement from the new CEO (whilst cutting the Ning workforce by 40%) seems quite stark, “pay for premium services or migrate off the network”. Of course no-one said Ning is going away and all you have to do is pay (not sure how much yet) to keep your network. However, I hear warning bells and so I’m experimenting with alternatives as are many people.
Meanwhile folks who are on Facebook may want to join the Facebook Page – Digital Communities which will also form part of a new social media strategy to replace NING.