Steve Hargadon, the man who was the consultant to the social networking service Ning in Education, is out of his paid job due to the economic downturn. (See his blogpost Thanks, Ning.) I’m almost ashamed to admit that I have taken this great service for granted, to the extent that I didn’t use it nearly enough, thinking, “Oh, I’ll get around to that later.” But of course Web 2.0 is a product just like anything else, and if you don’t contribute, it will not survive. There are many ways to pay for a service, but not using it is not one of them. Use it or lose it.
His Classroom 2.0 is nominated for best educational use of a social networking service in the 2008 Edublog Awards (winner 2007).