Language Learning and Teaching with the aid of Technology
So Ning's free service is about to be phased out. At present we don't know how much Ning will charge us to maintain our little community. Further news will be announced on 4 May:
Whether we will be able to afford the fees depends on what we will be charged. EUROCALL and CALICO don't have a lot of money to throw around. We are two small professional associations that rely on a lot of goodwill and voluntary work. Let's wait and see...
In order to preserve what we have created so far I have contacted Save My Ning, which will at least keep a backup of all our hard work:
This is a salutary lesson for all Web 2.0 enthusiasts. We cannot expect all that is Web 2.0 to be free and to last forever. Everything of value that I have created in the course of my long experience with computers - dating back to 1976 - is backed up at home on my network of three computers and a big external disk drive: articles that I have written, websites that I have created, photographs that I have taken, lists of my favourite websites, etc. Web 2.0 sites come and go. In 2008 I spent hours of my time creating my little 3D world in Lively. It looked good. Six months later Google shut down Lively - but I still have the screenshots.