Looks really cool. I have never heard of Ning. Is it a script you buy and then install and template?
I've been using Ning for a few sites. It's come a long way from even a few months ago...
Here are a few sites that have been custom developed away from the standard Ning templates:
The People's Lounge
Straight No Chaser
Ryan and Sean
Z Spot Now
The Twilight Saga
Recruiter Earth (this is my favorite one; both look, categories...etc.)
Many of these sites have thousands of members, some are selling sponsorship/ad space and/or are selling "groups" where content is featured. Ning has many features to easily customize the site. However, to do the really cool stuff, you need to know "CSS for Ning"; they sponsor a decent developers forum, but looks to mostly feature the basics...
Anyone using Ning beyond friends/family networks?
It looks like people are starting to sell services in this space. Given Ning is growing, it looks like there will be more and more opportunity for developers to make some $.
I'm looking around for someone to create some custom features...
I have a few Ning groups. Mainly Conservative Views and also Mortgage Brokers - Financing every corner of the world! and Costa Rica Real Estate - Real Estate in Costa Rica
I am also member on a few Ning groups. Love how I can use the same login for all of those. Makes it very easy to respond to messages when you get email alerts from them all.
I am also a writer for Serpholic Media. You can find some of my articles here: Serpholic Media Blog
I think I'm going to take a look at this. Never heard of it before.