With social networks like Twitter and Facebook dominating the iVerse, it looks like Ning has finally decided to launch an iPhone app in order to help its premium customers manage their social networks while on the go.
It’s now even easier for Network Creators to manage and monitor their Ning Networks on the go. We’re excited to announce that a Ning iPhone app for Network Creators is now available in the Apple iTunes Store.
This app makes it possible for Network Creators with iPhones, iPads or iPod Touches to access their Plus and Pro Ning Networks. [...]
The Ning iPhone app is part of our Ning Everywhere effort, which allows Network Creators to customize, integrate and make their social Web sites accessible on any device or service. While this new iPhone app is for Network Creators to manage their Ning Networks, thanks to the new Ning API, Ning Pro networks can bring a better mobile experience to their members. (Official Ning Blog)
Although the app is free, the Ning’s service is not, which means only premium users can log into their Ning accounts and use the app.
Suprisingly Ning did not launch a universal app instead, so thus far it looks like iPad lovers will have to “super size” the iPhone app in order to enjoy its features in full glory.
Unfortunately there is no word on whether Ning will consider porting their app upon other platforms like Android, Blackberry and webOS devices, although the company is probably working on porting their mobile app in order to fulfill their “Ning Everywhere” campaign.
While the app doesn’t look as impressive as Facebook’s iPhone app (the latter which supports video uploading), Ning’s iPhone app should help the company court bloggers desiring to start their own social networks (especially WordPress lovers who currently lack a native BuddyPress iPhone app).