Out of all the Lunch2.0s I’ve gone to I was looking forward to Ning’s the most because I’m actually a member of several networks there such as Ning Network Creators, Lunch2.0, World Wide Mac and the Recruiting Network, and one that I created as part of a project.
How active I am in those networks is another question. I accept almost all reasonable invitations to join a network, but never really participate except in a couple like Ning Network Creators because there’s definitely value to it. It’s where I get quick answers from Ning CEO Gina Biancini herself, and where I can communicate with her what kind of features I would like to see in their next release.
I joined Ning back when they barely had five pages of social networks back in February and now they have grown to about (if I have my numbers right) 40,000 social networks on just about anything you can think of.
Not sure how Ning’s volume compares with other white label social networking sites (Jeremiah Owyang has a running list of companies in this space) and I’ve looked at almost all of them. Now, I swear this is not the free lunch talking (the cold noodle salad with peanuts…whatever it’s called…was great), but comparing all the companies in that space in terms of ease of use, flexibility, pricing and features, I would say that Ning has the best product. (Someone remind me to post about what’s wrong with GoingOn which I’m not going to do here because this is a happy post.)
Oh. And it looks like Ning has a few more tricks. Just saw this today on TechCrunch.
Thanks again to Ning for hosting Lunch2.0.