In my quest to find a Web 2.0 tool to share, I kept in mind our homeless tribe. With that in mind, I went out "house" hunting to find a "house" that was free and open in architecture. What I mean by open architecture is a system that provides multiple functions to meet our current needs and is able to grow with us in the future. I know we mentioned Ning in the past, so I started there and will be the focus of this post.
Ning lets you create your own social network and offers many features like: blogs, videos, wikis, events, music, rss, chat and more. I really liked the all in one feel and not having to go to separate sites to post to a blog or watch a video. The all in one feel and many features provide a good structure for the "house" and the strategies implemented will make it "livable."
I also found it was very easy to create and administer a Ning social network. You can check out the test Ning social network I created at: http://ksdlohana.ning.com.
On a side note, I also found an open source social networking solution at: http://grou.ps/introduction.php?f=1&from=footer&g=tpl_socialbeans. I started to build a social network using this site, but ended up using Ning. You can see this social network at: http://grou.ps/ksdl.