[Owasp-board] Ning

Michael Coates michael.coates at owasp.org
Mon Apr 7 22:22:45 UTC 2014

Thanks for the info. Where would someone go to join the main conversations?
I poked around a bit and found this page. Is this the main spot?

It seems the our leaders list may be generating more discussions at the

In terms of social media platforms our most joined platform is linkedin -
17k group members
Sure, it doesn't have any of the capabilities of ning - but if we're
looking to reach an audience and have a threaded conversation, then that is
the place to go.

Michael Coates

On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 1:40 PM, Josh Sokol <josh.sokol at owasp.org> wrote:

> Ning started out as a tool that was being used solely by the OWASP Austin
> Chapter.  As we had (and continue to have) much success with it as a
> coordination platform, I asked the Board to sponsor an experiment to roll
> it out to the greater organization.  We've been on the Ning platform for
> almost 3 years now and have:
>    - 307 members signed up to use it
>    - 17 public groups representing multiple chapters, projects,
>    conferences, and more general appsec topics
>    - 31 photos uploaded by participants
>    - 10 videos uploaded by participants representing everything from
>    membership plugs to conference recordings to OWASP tools
>    - 9 blog posts (definitely smaller than I'd like to see)
>    - Forum posts split into 9 different topical categories
> We haven't been keeping detailed stats beyond that, but it does give us
> the ability to use Google Analytics if we so chose.  Authentication can use
> Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other methods as well.  I can export a list
> of current users if you're interested in further dissecting the "who" is
> using it currently.  It has role-based access controls so, as an example, I
> can be site admin, but allow others to moderate content, etc.
>    - Current Ning 2.0 Platform:  http://my.owasp.org
>    - New Ning 3.0 Platform (testing):  http://myowasp2.ning.com
> My general feeling about it is that it's a great platform for social media
> presence as it integrates all of the other things people are doing
> (Twitter, Blogs, Messaging, Forums) into a single system.  It hasn't been
> extremely well utilized beyond a few niche groups to date, but it also
> hasn't been widely publicized either beyond an e-mail or two from me early
> on in 2011.  There are currently 18 administrators on the system including
> myself, Sarah, Michael, and Tom.  I also just found Samantha in the system
> as well (for some reason my search didn't turn her up before).
> I hope that answers your questions.
> ~josh
> On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 3:07 PM, Michael Coates <michael.coates at owasp.org>wrote:
>> Josh & Board,
>> We're talking a lot about ning. Since it's come up a few times I have
>> some questions.
>> How much is it being used? Do we have numbers on how many owasp.orgpeople have accounts? How many edits/posts/updates per month?
>> Who is admin - is this ops team owned or an experimental community
>> project?
>> Aside from the quantitative questions above - what's the general feeling
>> about it. Are people using it for some particular items instead of others?
>> What are it's strengths and weaknesses?
>> Thanks!
>> --
>> Michael Coates
>> @_mwc
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