I never heard of a ning before but now I actually have one! I've started "Wearegolderreaders.ning.com" and I am slowly inviting people to join. I'm hoping to have the 6th graders, teachers, alumni, and parents join. The goal is to make it a book discussion place.
It took me awhile to get the hang of it. It was quite confusing starting it and then doing "my page." I would like the site to offer a more juvenile format. I can see this working in a library setting. I just hope the advertising that is hooked on it is not too provocative. My favorite aspects are the widgets.
I also joined Kathy's and it took awhile to grasp "my page" on hers too. This hat is my personal id which of course I made on image chef!