Ning Launches Applications Section For Hosted Social Networks

Ning is a free social network customization building platform created by Marc Andreessen and Gina Bianchini. The company recently announced that they will be rolling out an application platform for developers to build upon. The company launched Ning Apps to about 1.5 million social networks hosted by the service as of yesterday. Ning Apps is based on the Google OpenSocial platform. About 90 applications from a wide variety of services are available as of today.

Some of the applications include Hulu, WordPress, PollDaddy, Twitter Tracker, Qik, and These applications have different skins in order to match the look and feel of the social network that they are being installed on.

Ning raised $15 million back in July which gave them a valuation of $750 million. What the company’s exit strategy is… I don’t know.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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