Have Facebook, LinkedIn and that other large social networking site gotten too cumbersome and impersonal for your tastes? Ning allows you to create your own social network tuned to your personal or professional interests and custom-crafted to your exacting specifications. Ning basic offers design options, member qualification and approval processes, widgets, member search, real-time activity streams, custom text and widgets, media features, discussion forums, chat, Facebook integration, blogs and event calendars. You can upgrade to premium features, which remove promotion links and control ads, permit use of your own domain name and offer more storage and bandwidth. Ning currently hosts over 600,000 unique social networks that cover an incredibly broad spectrum of subject matter.
Today I joined a Ning network for Law Marketing. The network was created by Mina Sirkin, an Estate Planning, Probate and Trust lawyer in the Los Angeles area. I have been following Ms. Sirkin on Twitter for a while now and respect her professional and business acumen immensely. The network’s stated purpose is for facilitating legal practitioners in their effort to connect and communicate with each other and collaborate on marketing projects and products. There are currently just under 100 members, but I expect the ranks will grow fairly quickly.
The site is laid out well and my page is easy to read and full of information. You can find it here. If you are interested in modern legal marketing using social media, I encourage you to stop by this network, check it out and connect!