Mike Arrington rips Ning at TechCrunch, and I have to fully agree.
I was pretty disappointed. While it’s neat to be able to so easily make an application, it’s both not that easy, or very flexible. Mike details most of the problems, but even knowing PHP and HTML I found it to be a pain in the butt to clone an application and edit it to my liking. It was definitely not a process that was as quick or easy as I’d like, and then when you combine the fact that I can’t move the code elsewhere or monetize it how I like, it just didn’t have much value.
I’d happily pay Ning if they’d allow me to easily build an application I can monetize in my own way and take the code where I wanted to host how I pleased. Add some flexibility and you’ll have yourself a product.