I've been trying to do this - but I don't think its possible with the current version of NING.
The frustrating thing is that I don't think it would take that much to get it there - but seems that NING isn't attempting to provide the features (or APIs) to let us do this.
I note that one of the founders of LinkedIN is a major investor in NING - so maybe NING doesn't want to compete with one of its major investors!!
Anyone from NING want to comment?
thanks Ken, it is a clear perspective.. could u advice any suitable CMS ?
will be very pleased help even from Ning.
i believe you will not be able to compete against LinkedIn, i the way of getting hundreds of millions of users every day. but definitively as a specifyed niche. On LinkedIn you will carry eventually a lot of junk updates and irrelevant information thru multiple contacts, thing that you can better target on your dedicated network. but make it special, this is the only way to have the reecuring member entering day in day out on your network.
You may have 2000 members on your LinkedIn Group, but if your goal is to get bigger, the limitations of LinkedIn will become more obvious.
You will have very few options for structuring and guiding the interactions within your group in ways that maximise benefit for your aims and the aims of the people joining your group.
For all the limitations inside a Ning Network, we have way more control and flexibility to create and organise subgroups, give our members options to do the same, and to employ not only the Ning search system, but also external search systems, though my preference is already the Ning internal search (which I am dearly hoping will become a major area for creative development by Ning engineers).
My network on Ning has almost 4000 members now, with a lot of effort, but also with a lot more potential for useful interactions than would exist if they were all members of a single LinkedIn group with no internal structure.
If you like what I am saying here, please discuss it with Ning. I have been trying (over years) to push Ning (from my vantage is a crumb on their horizon) to make search functionality and customability a major area for development inside Ning Networks.
I believe these are key ingredients that will give them (and we Network Creators) an edge and a niche in a world dominated by social networks managed in a top-down manner by a small numebr of gloabl network leaders. The global networks are great, for some purposes, but the global ecology of social networking also requires the Ning model of generic network construction that can be customised and scaled for any purpose independently of the global giants, and by any existing group of people, numbering from one or more.
If I had the means to invest in Ning (and Glam), I would!
Peter (Admin, The Research Cooperative) (an enterprise starting from one)