2010 was hailed as the year of social, mostly because of the astronomical rise of both FAcebook and Twitter. Even LinkedIn got a facelift and shot up to increased relevance. The truth is that, more and more people turn to their social networks for information, advice and entertainment. The direct result of that is that social networking has become big business and a number of us want in.
With the giant leaps that Facebook has made, it is near impossible for any social networking site to rise up and create a bigger wave than the tsunami that swept the likes of My space and Hi-five – it is not perceivable. However, this has not hindered new social networking web sites from springing up.
If you are one of those that seriously want to own a social network, but do not want to build it around Facebook, I can guess one of your biggest challenge right now is how to go about it and create something appealing. It is even worse for you if you are not a programmer and lack the funds to pay some web site company some huge sums of money to come up with a functional social site.
In any case, as the saying goes, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. There is hope for you because Ning is in the business of helping people like you create a custom websites at no fee at all with all the functionalities you’d need. A great aspect about the Ning Design Studio is that it provides a user friendly way to customize the social experience to fit that user’s particular need.
The most exciting part of Ning’s latest offer is that you get over seventy free themes that you can apply to your social networking website in just a few seconds. The Ning official blog reports – “In the Themes panel, you can choose from 70+ themes (at launch). Click the “My Themes” section to enable any theme you’ve published in the past”, that is if you already have an account with Ning.
If you are an experienced CSS user and you want to create your own custom website, they also have something for you; you have the functionalities to create a CSS file from scratch.
Ning launched their Design Studio on February 9th 2011, and it will be interesting to see how their DIY social networking service becomes a hit for users seeking to build their own “mini-Facebooks” online.
Are you a Ning user? How have you found the experience?