LivingSocial.com Expands in 2009 with Facebook Connect and Hulu Video Integration

January 28, 2009

New Community Feed Showcases More Than 100 Million Items Catalogued by 7 Million Users

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ — LivingSocial (www.livingsocial.com), the social discovery tool for reviewing, sharing and organizing favorite things, kicked off 2009 by integrating with Facebook Connect and introducing new features that make it even easier and more fun for its 7 million users to discover and share real world interests. The company launched a new TV shows category with content courtesy of Hulu, an online video service that offers hit TV shows, movies and clips for free at Hulu.com and other online destination sites.

LivingSocial: TV shows (http://tv.livingsocial.com) lets users watch, rate and share opinions about thousands of popular TV shows, and includes notifications when new episodes come out. Additional lifestyle categories will be introduced in the first quarter of 2009.

LivingSocial’s Facebook Connect integration lets users log into the site using just their Facebook email and password, and provides instant access to their friends’ favorite books, music, restaurants and more. First-time LivingSocial users who are already using Facebook can take advantage of easy, one-click registration.

The LivingSocial.com homepage now features a scrolling activity feed with real-time updates of what the community is reading, listening to, watching, playing, eating, and drinking. Users can now also customize their profile modules, sort personal collections into “Top 10″ lists, and download lists as widgets for embedding into external blogs, social networking profiles, and websites.

“We ultimately want LivingSocial to be a reflection of everything our users are interested in and give them a way to tap into the valuable opinions of the people they relate to in daily life,” says Tim O’Shaughnessy, CEO and co-founder of LivingSocial. “That’s why we’re listening to what the community is asking for and adding new categories and features like Facebook Connect – to make it even easier for our users to connect their real world interests and relationships with their online activities.”

More than 100 million books, movies, music, video games, restaurants, and beer have been catalogued on LivingSocial.com and through Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, hi5, and Orkut. In October 2008, LivingSocial introduced its free iPhone application in time for the holiday shopping season, and it was quickly named a “Staff Favorite” and featured among “What’s Hot” in the iTunes store. In addition to the ability to publish reviews and photos on-the-go, iPhone users can find restaurants “Near Me” using the application’s GPS technology – and purchase items directly through Amazon.

For more information about LivingSocial, go to http://LivingSocial.com.

About LivingSocial

LivingSocial.com is a social discovery tool for reviewing, sharing and organizing favorite things. As the most comprehensive interest-based online community, LivingSocial is now helping more than 7 million users catalogue books, music, movies, video games, television shows, restaurants, and beer. LivingSocial is accessible on the iPhone and seamlessly integrates with Facebook, MySpace, Bebo, hi5, and Orkut. The company is headquartered in Washington, D.C. To start cataloging your interests, or to find out more information about LivingSocial, visit www.livingsocial.com.

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