Ning to drop free services; communities face fees
Ning attracted communities to its platform through easy operation, networking features and free ad-supported service. CEO Jason Rosenthal - whose leaked email in which he cut 40% of Ning staff prompted the hasty response - promised to give details on May 4. (more information)
Ning already offer "premium services" for monthly fees: domain-name mapping ($4.95), additional resources ($9.95 per 10GB storage or 100GB bandwidth), removal of Ning branding ($24.95), ad-removal/replacement ($24.95) and support plans ($10/$100/$more, depending on level).
Update: Shy Matsi of F4L mailed in a list of other furry networks likely to be affected: furry4death, animalpack, foxes4life, fur4ever, furriesforever, talkosity, furrytogether, furrymates-or-singlefurrys, furspace, lionkingpride, furryfriends, wrubradio, kernbastien and werebeasts.
Shy also mentioned that F4L is paying for premium support and 15 extra units of storage/bandwidth, as well as ad control, totaling $185/month.