Friday, August 22, 2008

Complete Ban By Ning on Any Open Dialogue

Gina Bianchini, CEO of Ning, has just made a post that is revealing in what it does "NOT" say. Link is HERE

In sum, her post does not enumerate a single detail of "which" or "any" Terms of Service provision we violated. Neither has their Legal Counsel in private correspondence today. Considering the magnitude of the damage and inconvenience that has been caused by Ning's actions, common sense dictates that even a small factual basis be provided. But there is none given.

Regardless of whether one utilized WidgetLaboratory products, this is a serious error in judgment by Ning as to the impact they are having on the public confidence in their "platform." We challenge Ning to rectify this situation in a manner that parallels its own promotion of the Ning "platform" as a place to build your personal site, business site, or even third-party widgets. We are ready and able to prove that our products had no negative impact upon the Ning network or any Network Creators. In fact the opposite was true, as our products enabled many Ning networks to thrive where they might not otherwise have been able. We assert that it was our growing popularity and penetration into their user base that formed the basis for Ning's actions this morning.. plain and simple.

If Ning is not willing to act in accordance with its own promotional materials and public statements, then this is something that anyone should consider insofar as their "platform" is concerned. There are still ways that this can be resolved without further damages being caused to you and your site, and we welcome Ning to consider our invitation to negotiate the same.

13 comments:

ROMM said...

Spencer,

How about you also demonstrate your professionalism by offering your customers who have purchased product within the past 60+ days a complete refund on their product.

WorldOfJah said...

Yes Evil and MadScientist,
keep up with the good works, we are behing you on this. we really hope to have u back on board soon cause without ur widgets, Ning is BORING! what to do without a basic IM and CHat feature? Ive just realised how essential ur features where today.. and what abt the admanager , supertabs and medianow? do i need to go through hours of coding for achieving the most basic things? and script4ning is no match to widgetlab.

Hopin there will b a way forward and wishing u well.

(a frustrated and saddened NC..)

Paul Estes said...

Hello EG and MS,

I hope this will get resolved soon, but after reading that latest post I can't say that it is looking good. I really appreciated your products, support and the way in which you presented them. Please continue to keep us updated about this situation as well as any future endeavors.

-Paul

Alexie said...

Sounds like your going into arbitration and countersuing. you know my email right? we will be praying. I miss your products and chats. I think it maybe time for you to create a website of your own and cross market your products.
We are using site build it. You can try them they have an open profitering network and are open to their clients monetizng.

shawneo said...

I agree with the Site Build It comment! They are the best at SEO optimization! Could you imagine Widget Lab helping Site Build It create a social networking platform to go with their already awesome website builder...Just dreamin...lol.

ShawnO

Alexie said...

Site build it is awsome. Had I known about it before I built my one network, I would have just used network as more a discussion forum.
We just started a site on site build it called www.coolest-kids-games.com/. I really like that they focus on your content and making your writing pre sell. I tried to do more of that in my network.
There is no question that widget lab had awsome products because of the talents you both possess. If you do your own website than like my husband says you have complete control over your products,ads, and monetization.
I am still working on a site through microsoft using the sbi principles. Its very hard to make profits with a social network, thats why you really need to have a website as your home base. People buy your products and name your business something else. Make your products to be used on a wider platform,myspace, facebook, social networks and blogs.
Bloggers like widgets that are easy to use. Most bloggers want something where their readers can interact with them, such as a chat and instant messenger. It keeps them on their page longer.
If you have good products then all you really need is a website. You guys can put something up really fast.

Russell said...

booo hooo.. cry me a river.. u messed up mine and hundreds if not thouisands of other networks the past few months.

If you wanna get nasty about things.. how about i see you in small claims court so that i can get back my $300+ i spend with WL?

In addition to damages, etc - WL broke the Ning TOS. A lot of people put trust in you to provide us with legit and legal scripts.

stop turning this into a bullshit novel. it is obvious that your little money making side job has come to an end.. it's now time to go back to the real working world.

Web-Runner said...

curiusly some people are very happy about the NING's crime (excuse me,please read ning's CRIME)...I don't anderstand what in the WL murder ,could be a logical ,normal or good ...

I just think that succes give bad waves from very small warriors...

Web-Runner said...

If Ning hide theire interest behind a Moving Tos all networks can be deleted...Tomorow ,your???

Please E.Genius give us the way to leave ning and follow you on new provider ,or Open source software...

I don't like anymore my Ning because of it become a "socialist Network" and I don't want to waste more time to develope a community without any garanty...

Web-Runner said...

I can't stay without answer...I create http://widgetlab-friends.sixgroups.com/

A friendly Community to help (as we can )WL to survive ...

I'm not from WL...just an happy customer...Until yerteday ,and the Ning's Crime...

In this Community we can share information ,ideas ,and prepare our response...

I need some volonters to help me in this friendly work...

Alexie said...

I just want my programs back. I lost time money and valuable things I needed for my site. I was about to put together a directory and many other things.
I know several others who lost advertizers, billions of dollars. Its going to be a mess for a while. the ones who got slammed were the network creators who depend on the revenue from their sites.
What is going to be done to compensate for the money lost and time spent on these networks. Especially those of us who didn't have the products very long and suddenly all gone.
Ning is doing major damage control. Both sides need to help and offer solutions for networks that have lost precious time and money.

Robin said...

I wish I could see Gina's post, Spencer. But they banned me from the Ning creators forum for speaking out against them.

Aisha said...

I am not understanding what the difference is between scripts site and yours, which is still online. We do appreciate all your efforts and I agree my members were lost without who is online widgets. Good luck and please keep us posted!