From what I’ve seen so far, Ning looks like an awesome web application. It’s billed as a tool for building social networking sites. For people to make sites they need to sign up with the developer beta program. I signed up and am waiting until they have room for me.

I can see quite a bit of variety, and every site seems responsive. But I don’t yet know that it can easily be used to build a site like craigslist. Time will tell.

One page of particular interest is the confess page. The page uses AJAX (I finally decided to give up the terminology war). I guess I am a sucker for visual effects, but there is an animated gif spinner logo, like the one in Firefox and Mac OS X, that spins when the AJAX request is being loaded, right next to where the user clicked. Very cool.

Update: (9:08pm) Just got word that I am now in the developer program. More informed opinon coming shortly.

On October 12th I’m heading to Boston for a few days to attend Startup School For Hackers. There’s a wiki over at the site where people started making plans last week (the event is on the 15th). After the event is over, mp3’s of the talks will be released. With Paul Graham, Stephen Wolfram, and Steve Wozniak speaking, I’m sure there will be a lot of great content.

I’m interested in how people decide what to make, how they find and choose their partners, and how their offices are set up.