Alternatives to Ning for all platforms with any license

  • Facebook icon

    Facebook

    Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos...

    Free Web / Cloud Windows Mobile Android iPhone Java Mobile S60 ... HP webOS Blackberry Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad

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    Discourse

    Discourse is an opensource discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. A modern forum, everything's been redesigned to be easy. Self-hosted Discourse software is free, hosting service is paid.

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted Ruby GitHub

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    phpBB

    Since its creation in 2000, phpBB™ has become the most widely used Open Source forum solution. Like its predecessors, phpBB™ 3.0 “Olympus” has an easy to use administration panel and a user friendly installation process, which allows...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux PHP

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    Friendica

    Friendica is a distributed social network application which runs on commodity hosting platforms - PHP/MySQL/Apache. (If you can install Drupal or Wordpress you can probably install Friendica) A single Friendica installation...

    Open Source Linux BSD Self-Hosted PHP

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    BuddyPress

    Social networking in a box. Build a social network for your company, school, sports team or niche community all based on the power and flexibility of WordPress. Install BuddyPress directly through your WordPress dashboard plugins...

    Open Source Self-Hosted Wordpress

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    HumHub

    HumHub is a free social network software and framework built to give you the tools to make teamwork easy and successful. It's lightweight, powerful and comes with an user-friendly interface. With HumHub you can create your own...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Web / Cloud BSD Self-Hosted

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    BlaBlaNet

    BlaBlanet decentralized social network service. Connect with friends, family . Share photos and videos, send messages and chat with people you know. Caldav and Cardav support Store privately your contact with your phone. News feed...

    Open Source Windows Linux Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

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    Minds

    We are a free and open-source platform to launch your digital brand, social network and mobile app. We are also a social network ourselves. It is a global social network of social networks. • Have private, encrypted chats with...

    Open Source Web / Cloud Android iPhone

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    Oxwall

    Open source PHP social networking software with Facebook-style newsfeed. Free plugins, themes, easy installation and auto-updates.

    Open Source Windows Linux Web / Cloud

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    Noosfero

    Noosfero is a web platform for social networks with blog, e-Porfolios, RSS, thematic discussion and events agenda in the same system. Get to know, use it, participate and contribute to this free software project. Common...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux JavaScript

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    Elgg

    Elgg is a leading open source social networking engine which can be used to power your social network.

    Open Source Web / Cloud Self-Hosted

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    Futurenet

    Welcome to the Futurenet Multimedia Club, the new social network which pay you to be social. We are already more than 1 millions users. Sign up to join our community.

    Free Web / Cloud iPhone

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    MeWe

    Used to be called Sgrouples, now its MeWe offered by the company Sgrouples Inc. On its homepage their motto is "The World's Private Communication Network" and "Join the privacy revolution". Their big thing is...

    Free Web / Cloud Android iPhone

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    hibloo

    hibloo is an international platform to chat and connect with each other online. Here you get to meet hundreds of users from around the globe using cellphone and get to use features such as instant messaging, Private chat, forums...

    Free Web / Cloud Android Kindle Fire

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    Grewpler

    Grewpler is an interest based simple social networking site, that allows users to post pictures, documents, videos, and articles on information that is knowledgeable, entertaining, and interesting pertaining to their interest....

    Free Web / Cloud

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    mixxt

    Create your own free Social Network Launch a homebase for your cause and collaborate. Simplify the organisation of your group and share content with like-minded people. All in your own space where you have control. Create your...

    Freemium Web / Cloud

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    SocialEngine

    SocialEngine is a PHP-based white label social network platform. Advanced social networking features include blogs, photo albums, user groups and forums, providing complete control over the layout and functionality of your social...

    Commercial Web / Cloud Self-Hosted PHP

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    SocialER

    Connect with friends, family and other people you know. Share photos and videos, send messages and get updates.

    Free Windows Web / Cloud Android iPhone

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    phpFox

    The ultimate solution for your social network. phpFox is easy to use, easy to customize and packed with advanced social networking features found on top community websites!

    Commercial Web / Cloud iPhone Self-Hosted

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    Hoop.la

    Hoop.la is a hosted online community service that includes elegantly integrated group blog, forums, chat events and chat rooms, photo/video/audio file sharing, group calendar, social sharing tools, rich member profiles, premium...

    Freemium Web / Cloud

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    Ilonio

    A social blogging and community platform that is easy to use and FREE. Start blogging about whatever! * Effortlessly create and manage blogs * Packed with useful features and customizable themes * Ready made...

    Free Web / Cloud

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  • SocialGO

    SocialGO allows you to build a custom social network, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned developer. No software, hosting or coding required, as our team offers full support for your social networking site.

    Freemium Web / Cloud

  • FlaskBB

    FlaskBB is forum software written in Python using the micro framework Flask. You can easily create new topics, posts and send other users private messages. It also includes basic administration and moderation tools.

    Free Self-Hosted Python Flask

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    PlushForums

    Plush is the most polished, user-friendly forum experience ever, featuring real-time discussions, beautiful design, an integrated blog, member directory, private messaging, paid subscriptions and a world-class mobile...

    Commercial Web / Cloud

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Ning Comments

I only discovered Ning very recently, in June 2010. The si ...

Comment by 3dbloke
about Ning Jun 2011

I only discovered Ning very recently, in June 2010. The site offers a good mix of features for creation of groups for like-minded people or those sharing a common interest. As I write this (June 23) there is a FREE service for low usage groups.

Sadly, though, as of July 20th, Ning will cease to be free, with a minimum monthly fee of US$2.95 or US$19.95 per year for a reduced feature list and no more than 150 users. Not a massive amount of money, but it's going to put many of the smaller groups off using Ning's service. Other charge bands offer more features for more money.

If you're considering using an online group, you may get more for your money (and greater flexibility) by going for a more generic web hosting service like HostGator which offers a wide range of server software covering a wide range of uses.

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