In December 2008 I came across the social media service provided by Ning. I am always keen to explore the functionality of social media tools and signed up for a Premium Service account with Ning. This account provided an advert-clear skin for the site.
I liked Ning’s mix of tools and thought they exemplified Clark Quinn’s (2009) observation that social media provide:
A rich ecosystem of tools supporting communities to share thinking, solve problems, and create innovative new solutions is a fountain of new value to the organization.
This year Ning is changing account structures and a number of users of the service have chosen to migrate their content to other sites. I wondered if the word to describe this move was migratning.
Given the IACSS09 site was a specific attempt to use social media for an event I have decided to close the Ning site. Ning provided the export tools for this activity:
Some time ago I thought I might distribute the information about IACSS09 in the cloud. In addition to the Box.Net link …
- WordPress blog posts
- SlideShare presentations
- Internet Archive of Proceedings
- Box.Net copy of the Proceedings
This process has helped me understand the potential of social media tools and has underscored the importance of curating ephemeral content. Some material from the conference is unavailable including the official web site and the Twitter #iacss09 tag.