I “discovered” Ning shortly after I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2006. I found the TuDiabetes.com community very useful in helping me cope with my new illness. I got to know the founder of TuDiabetes, Manny Hernandez, shortly before he joined the staff of Ning full time as a Comunity Advocate. Manny helped me start a social network for fibromyalgia sufferers ( http://fibromyalgia.ning.com ) . I think Ning has great potential as a platform for building communities.