Ning about to sell to Google, Groupon or AOL for $150 million?

According to a post by Kara Swisher at AllThingsD, Ning is in talks with several big companies including Google, Groupon, AOL and Demand Media about a possible acquisition of the platform whereas the talks with Google and Groupon seem to be the most promising ones.

We all remember the storm that broke out in the education scene back in 2010 when Ning announced to shut down its free offers. After a couple of weeks of uncertainty and anger Pearson jumped in and sponsored all educational Ning communities allowing school teachers and their classes to use the service for free.

With this possible acquisition by one of the big players, there is of course the question of what will happen not only to this arrangement with Pearson but also if the service will remain active at all. If it is an acquisition for the growing base of premium users Ning may remain intact as a service. Swisher quotes a

“400 percent year-on-year revenue growth, going from 17,000 to more than 100,000 subscribers and with 60 million monthly active users”

in her post. If the acquisition was for the technology that powers Ning it might happen that the service will shut down as we have recently seen with Dimdim.

Bottom line, after a year in relative peace of mind the future of educational Nings is once again very uncertain.

Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST. She also writes about Social Media, Digital Society and Startups at