Ning Sites for Anything

 - Nov 11, 2007
References: ning & money.cnn
Don't want to join my network? Fine, go make your own.

That's the simple idea behind Ning, the brainchild of Gina Bianchini, whose idea has landed her on Business 2.0's 50 Who Matter. Ning, which means peace and tranquility in Chinese, lets you create your own social network for anything.

With just a few simple steps, Ning helps you let loose your own inner-programmer. It's especially attractive to people with highly specialized interests, but perhaps limited technical know-how. That means anyone, from Web Moms and Navy Wives, to wine lovers, virtual travel groups (“SeekintheCity”) and even people who can't eat cheese (“Cheese Gaggers”) can make a full copy of today's most popular social websites, and fully customize them for specific interests and audiences.

The service already has 65,000 social networks up and running.