Growth Matters: Ning's a social network with zing

With all the gloom in the global economy, I got to wondering whether there is anything else going on in the world of business. I'm looking for growth because I think that's what will ultimately bring the economy out of the doldrums. Not surprisingly, that growth is coming from technology companies. In Growth Matters, I look at consumer technology companies that point the way to growth trends -- and in the process introduce services and products you may want to explore

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Are you tired of hanging out at Facebook and looking for an alternative for your social networking? Then it would be fascinating for you to try out Ning. According to Athena von Oech, Ning's Vice President of Community Management, "Ning is a different kind of social network. Ning gives anyone the freedom to create their own social networks for anything. With over 800,000 social networks, Ning provides the largest number of social networks on the internet today."