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I currently have 339 feeds in my aggregator. Diego Doval’s feed has been particularly quiet since he joined a Marc Andreessen stealth mode project code named 24 Hour Laundry (24HL). Anyone considering a start-up would learn alot from reading 24HL’s shared beliefs. Well a rare d2r post brought news that the wraps are off and Ning was brought into the world today. From the FAQ … what is Ning?

Ning is a free online service (or, as we like to call it, a Playground) for people to build and run social applications. Social “apps” are web applications that enable anyone to match, transact, and communicate with other people.

Our goal with Ning is to see what happens when you open things up and make it easy to create, share, and discover new social apps. These might include for any city, your own take on Craigslist…for any passion, your own take on…for any interest, your own take on Zagat…for any event, your own take on Flickr…for any school, your own take on the Facebook…for any topic, your own take on…for any mammal, your own take on Hot or Not or Kitten War.

You choose the app, decide for whom it’s most relevant, create the categories, define the features, choose the language – or just clone an app that’s already up and running on Ning – and be on your way.

Dublin’s loss is Palo Alto’s gain. Congrats to Diego and all the Ning team. After a quick play I can already see alot of roll-your-own opportunities for people to share their ideas. Worth checking out.

UPDATE : Michael Arrington’s take on Ning 3 months on

UPDATE 2 : Diego’s response to Michael Arrington

UPDATE 3 : Screencast of Yoz and David’s presentation at etech 06


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