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The much talked about 24 Hour Laundry has come out from under the covers as Ning. This is Marc Andressen’s latest and has some seriously smart people working for the company. What they have done is developed a meta app, a framework that allows folks like […]

The much talked about 24 Hour Laundry has come out from under the covers as Ning. This is Marc Andressen’s latest and has some seriously smart people working for the company. What they have done is developed a meta app, a framework that allows folks like you and me to roll our own “social applications.” It is a hard one to quantify, and you have to use it to know it. Given that we have been bombarded with social apps in recent months, its nice to see a “mother of all social apps.”

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 Match.com…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 del.icio.us…for any mammal, your own take on Hot or Not or Kitten War.

Mike over at Tech Dirt says, “The idea of situated software is that it serves a specific need for a specific (often very small) group of people. It doesn’t need to scale. It just needs to serve that group. It’s certainly likely that a system like Ning could provide a platform for that (though, there’s no guarantee that it will really work out that way).”

Start-Up Coach Jeff Clavier says, “There is actually an interesting knock-on effect here: building web 2.0 applications just got potentially even cheaper/easier to develop.” Flip his comment into plain speak – a lot of those smart VC dollars that were going to end up in social app clones will now have to find a new home. But as I normally ask of these new start-ups, where’s the beef? I am scratching my head on the revenue model!

  1. >But as I normally ask of these new start-ups, where’s the beef? I am scratching my head on the revenue model!

    True , except for deli.cio.us & indeed (which can naturally accommodate paid links ) none of these web 2.0 startups have a clear reveue model.

    But i dont think they were started with the aim of making money either , they just want to develop something and flip it when it is still hot :)

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  2. gopi, can you explain the delicious revenue model to me?

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  3. One more thing , even though i said del.icio.us can make money ,it will never grow out of the geek community.

    If anyone want proof , just compare the most active tag list of del.icio.us with Google Zeitgeist or Yahoo buzz …two different worlds :)

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  4. >> can you explain the delicious revenue model to me?

    Same as a Search Engine …Tags are practically keywords and IMO keyword based paid links may work .

    They can partner with Google or Yahoo for the PPC feeds.

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  5. Interesting idea, but they could have done better: Om, can you please ask them to check out my thoughts on it when you talk to them next: http://nerdierthanthou.nfshost.com/2005/10/ning-my-thoughts.html

    :-)

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  6. Om Malik – Ning, the real 24 Hour Laundry

    Om Malik on Ning, the real 24 Hour Laundry. Om points to what sounds like an incredible leap forward in the web 2.0 space…a meta-application framework for developing social network applications. From Ning’s homepage: “Ning is a free online service

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  7. this is interesting. “web2.0″ at its root, since its all about empowering the users to create their own solutions. the real money would be if they create a way to let their users SELL their newly created apps. i.e. let joe shmo create his own basecampe and charge people $10/month (of which ning takes $5).

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  8. seems like the biggest gimmick i can think of.

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