ning.gifNing is a platform for creating your own social network. This means that you can think of a good idea and create your very own social network.With Ning, your social network can be anything and for anyone.
You start by choosing a combination of features (videos, blogs, photos, forums, etc.) from an ever-growing list of options. Then customize how it looks, decide if it's public or private, and add your brand logo if you have one. People who join your network will automatically have a customizable profile page and will be able to message and friend each other.

Nings are being made available to educators.
Here is an example of one that has been created for teachers who are interested in Web 2.0 in the classroom.

Social Networks in Ed is a wiki created for and by educators which lists examples of social networks that are being used in education. The pages are listed into ning and non ning social networks. Teachers can add their examples of how they have used social networks to

Social Network Week wiki - this is a wiki created for students and teachers at Grant High School to have them explore the pros and cons of social networking. It has some activities and websites that you can visit to explore and report on the issues.

Ning Examples
The following are examples of nings for teachers.
Classroom 2.0 http://www.classroom20.com/