We had over 150 people join us in an Elluminate session tonight to discuss the changes taking place at Ning and the impact this will have on educational uses of social networking. It was a tremendous community gathering, and felt enormously productive to me.
Just after the session finished I received an email from John McDonald, the "VP Advocacy" at Ning, asking if we might be able to talk by phone in the next few days, and then later asking if he and others at Ning could have access to the recording. As this was one of our desired outcomes--the ability to present the community feedback to Ning--it allows us to claim at least one early success. :)
Many thanks to those of you who were able to join. It did have the feel of history in the making. While it will take a bit to organize the combination of text, voice, and white-board feedback, when that's done I'll post it here and on http://www.EducationalNetworking.com. It will hopefully serve as a public springboard to further discussions.
Here are some links: