I have created a Ning for my department. I like the sound of that, as though I did something more than type in some words and click the mouse a couple of times. Voila!
I thought it could be a way to share and to converse between department meetings. We are somewhat scattered, physically, in the building.
But it hasn't exactly caught on. Neither did the two FB groups I tried with students or former students, although both of those were joined with great enthusiasm.
Nobody is talking.
We'll be walking through the Ning at our dept. meeting tomorrow, to get familiar with it. And then we'll see how it goes.