I am already apart of a Ning group that has a donation button on the site (before NIng) made the annoucement
and because they have 2500 people they can stay the same . I think it's great that there are more alternatives
coming up I feel like this is a great resource for everybody and that we dont have to change very much
I was upset by the Ning news as well. I use Ning for my online book group. It works perfectly. So far, I have found that socialgo.com looks and acts the most like the ning networks. We are also members of GoodReads and I think that might work as well. I have already set up groups there when we lost our first home.
Webs.com -- easy to use, but no "group" option
Spruz.com - group option, but hard to navigate and customize
socialgo.com - so far the best choice for me, easy to navigate and customize
bigtent.com - easy to navigate, but you are lumped in with a bunch of other people/groups
From what I can tell, the premium plans on ning start around $10 per month. Something my little book group of 15 members can't afford. Since there are over 5000 members here, maybe a few of us can donate a dollar a year to keep it running. I would be willing to do that.
the only thing I would be concerned about if Bookblogs were to move from Ning to another site is that it won't be long before other free sites follow suit and start charging and then we move again to another site.. see where I am going with this?
As it's becoming harder and harder to stay afloat, it won't be long before others start charging as ads aren't paying enough in commissions.
I wouldn't have any aversion to a donation button to keep this group afloat. It's a great lifeline to other book bloggers, publishers and authors.
I think that's what bothers me the most - I'm involved in a lot of things on the net and the trend currently seems to be to take everything to fee-based subscriptions. This is going to kill a lot of valuable resources/sites and I just don't think it's fair. If I had enough hosting, I'd go around offering all these sites a lifeline, because I hate seeing things like this happen.
This particular resource - well, as I said, I don't post much but I visit daily and read avidly. It's definitely one of a kind and offers so much support, if there's anything net-based I can do to help out, I'm happy to do so - even if it's a stopgap measure just to show some support!
I know that there have been a lot of suggestions here and that some of you have pointed out the risk of other sites going free if there is a mass exodus from Ning. This is understandable, though I think that in the long run Ning is going to find that they lose money in advertising revenue because so many people flee the site.
If I may respectfully as possible point out that Wackwall is not only free, but it is also open source. This means that if Trisha wanted to purchase a domain and web hosting (which would cost about $130 for the entire year -- or less) she would probably save money over the Ning option AND would be a...