Ning is a hosted service that lets you create a private group space or community.
Ning continues to drop down the list – this year by 33 places – probably due to the fact the it now charges for community hosting.
Comments from some of those who selected Ning as one of their Top Tools
“I set up a class social network for the fall; much easier to make announcements here than contacting students by email, which they don’t often read; students can submit Voicethread projects here; can carry on class chats and discussions in and out of class; students can get to know each other the first day of class and download their pictures; most are familiar with other social networks, so this is easy for them “Sarah Davis
“the app that allows you to build your own social network. I belong to numerous Ning groups where like-minded people exchange ideas and resources.” Carol Skyring
“Personalized Facebook creator. Develop a social community for your class or organization. It is free and filled with the capacity to build an interactive community” Leigh Zeitz
“build an online community in 20 minutes” Jay Cross
“Anyone can develop social network sites through Ning, and these have expanded my “friends” worldwide, with College 2.0 one in which I spend the most time. New uses are being explored, such as Jeff Utecht’s use of Ning for the Learning 2.0 conference website.” Britt Wattwood
“The size of ning and its communities can be overwhelming volume. Classroom20.Ning.com is one that I participate in when I have time. I love that I was able to join several different educator communities. The conversations are refreshing and varied,” Kevin Amboe