REDWOOD CITY, Calif., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- SocialGO (www.socialgo.com), the first platform for creating and monetizing social networks tailored to the needs of businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs, today released the following statement from its CEO and co-founder, Dominic Wheatley, in response to Ning's recent announcement that it will begin charging its current customers:
"While we understand the business reasons behind Ning's recent decision to begin charging current customers for use of its platform, we urge the company to consider customers' views and their disenfranchisement. From the beginning, Ning has encouraged people to invest their valuable time and resources into creating social networks on its platform under the understanding that it was a free platform. Their recent decision is only the latest insult in a long line of Soviet-style dictations that began with an announcement that the API would no longer be open, which essentially dropped an iron curtain around customers and told them that they no longer owned their own content or members.
Due to Ning's erratic and dictatorial behavior over the last twelve months, many who have built very important networks on the platform no longer have confidence in the site's stability, terms and conditions, and question whether or not their best interest is of any concern to the company. For the sake of those customers, we urge Ning to take the honorable course of action and tear down this wall – re-open their API and allow those who have invested so much in the Ning platform to take their content to a social networking platform of their choosing."
Founded in 2007, SocialGO provides a complete social networking platform enabling businesses, organizations and entrepreneurs to reap the benefits of social media. SocialGO's founders created an offering tailored to the needs of businesses and organizations for the monetization, ownership, control and customization of content and membership. SocialGO has headquarters in the UK and Silicon Valley to meet the demands of its global customer base. For more information, please visit www.socialgo.com or find us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/SocialGO.