The title of the article I chose is The Use of Alternative Social Networking Sites in Higher Educational Settings: A Case Study of the E-Learning Benefits of Ning in Education. The main reason for my choice in this article is due to the fact of it grasping my attention. I was reading through some of the article titles and this article included a title that applies well to me as well as my career and current situation as a university student. Upon reading this article, I noticed a general trend throughout most of its content. The primary discussion in the article was between social networking sites (SNSs) and course management systems (CMS). Social networking sites are being perceived to not only be of a higher popularity throughout the world, but additionally, social networking sites are helping improve students’ learning. Course management systems holds some positives, but as compared in this article, CMSs do not carry as many benefits as SNSs. As one of the sentences stated, “course management systems (CMS), such as Blackboard and Moodle, tend to be very focused and lack the personal touch and networking capacity that SNSs offer”. It is time to take a look at the facts, students today want a personal touch in their education and life. Furthermore, with SNSs involving larger networking capacities, students are more able to interact with others as well as experience peer teaching in a whole new manner from a wider range of people. One of the SNSs that has recently been allowed for many educators is Ning. Ning is an SNS that allows for student collaboration, learning, and peer involvement; but at the same time it lowers the corporate garbage, advertisements, and lack of privacy that are found in commercial SNSs similar to Facebook and MySpace. From conducted research, these authors discovered the effectiveness and importance of Ning, a positive professional SNS. Their findings include, “seventy percent of students indicated that they agree or strongly agree that Ning allows for more frequent collaboration with peers and colleagues within a course as compared to a face-to-face course, while 82% agreed that it aids communication outside of the classroom.” Overall, educators can observe that SNSs are good for teaching, and Ning is one of the most effective types of SNS.