Alternatives to Ning for all platforms with any license

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    Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use...

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    Friendica is a distributed social network application which runs on commodity hosting platforms - PHP/MySQL/Apache. (If you can...

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    Brand new full featured free social network. Friends, Posts, Likes, Comments, Notifications, Messages, Etc.

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

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    Social Network For Joomla to grow your communities with the least time.

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

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    Google App Engine Social network.

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    hibloo is an international platform to chat and connect with each other online. Here you get to meet hundreds of users from around the...

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    Grewpler is an interest based simple social networking site, that allows users to post pictures, documents, videos, and articles on...

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    Socibd is global platform that lets people easily build a social networking site in minutes.

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    Campus Discounts

    Where students find and share discounts targeted at their campus while connecting with the businesses that offer them.

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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.