We've decided to get this part of the website up and running, as its a free app and a great place for us to start the conversations. Our options to develop this are to pay approx £400 to 'skin' this ning platform, which will mean we can remove all ning promotion and also replace the google ads with our own.
This will allow us to generate revenue from advertising, and also use the space to promote members to each other.
Other elements in the mix are Elgg and Serendipity (both open source software) and also to form a partnership with UnltdWorld, which is a developed version of Elgg.
Any thoughts, advice or opinions please!