Today Ning served as a ridiculously classic example of the problem that we effectively solve at WackWall. In short: With hosted social network providers 1) you don’t own your data, 2) you can be thrown out any day.
When we launched WackWall we thought it wasn’t even worth starting with a mission statement “like Ning but better”. This is what all others seem to pursue. So now every other social network provider says “we promise we will never do that to you”. Really? Even if it makes perfect business sense?
The reality is you can’t trust any hosted provider when they promise to maintain and support you for free for life. You can’t trust even us.
However with WackWall the whole situation changes because we are open source. You can go completely independent without a day of downtime and without users even noticing the move. You can do that on your own initiative not necessarily waiting for atrocities, Ning-style. Again, read and understand what our focus is: http://wackwall.com/freedom.php.
Imagine if Ning gave you its software and contents of your site in full? So you could set it up on your own server so nobody would notice a single change? This is what WackWall is about.
Thanks god, we are a private and profitable company. We do not need to justify stratospheric investment and market valuations. Nor do we have to support 200 employees – I wonder what they all would do.
That’s all fine. How can WackWall help Ning refugees NOW?
Today we checked our support email to find the shower of inquiries about migration from Ning to WackWall. That is why I want to share how we plan to help.
Within the following week we hope to have a completely automated Ning migration tool. We reviewed our development plan and decided we had to give this task the first priority. Send us your export data so we can help you get up on your feet.
*Update*: Here is more info about migration and answers to some questions.
*Update 2*: How to migrate your Ning site to WackWall