September 9, 2008
Weblin Hits 1 Million Users Worldwide
Weblin, the avatar-based social browsing application, announced that the company has reached 1 million unique users worldwide. weblin has been averaging more than 10,000 downloads daily. weblin allows Web surfers to make themselves visible to other users by assigning an avatar, or "weblin" to depict a user at the bottom of every Web site. weblin is available in nine languages including English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese, Polish and Chinese.
Fast FactsAs a user-driven product, weblin turns the power structures of free speech upside down on the Internet. With weblin, users get to decide when, where and with whom they would like to chat.
-- The most popular hot spots for weblins to gather and interact are on social networking sites such as Facebook, Friendster, hi5, Orkut, Yahoo!, and YouTube. -- Weblin users are active online and surf, chat and interact with other weblins on average for more than 30 hours every month. -- In addition to the chat function, some of the most popular features of weblin include: "wousle" or the ability to express sympathy towards another user; collecting and distributing virtual gifts such as flowers; and animations such as running, waving and dancing.
"As a leader in the layered virtual worlds space, Weblin has made it possible to surf the Web with avatars freely without the restrictions of being limited to a virtual world or chat room," said Marc Theermann, GM North America of weblin. "We look forward to continued growth over the next year."
Weblin was founded in 2006, and is funded by T-Venture Holding, one of Germany's leading venture capital firms. The company has received multiple Web 2.0 innovation prizes including the Innovation in Virtual Worlds for Consumers Award at the 2008 Virtual Worlds Conference and Expo, and Red Herring Europe 100. In addition, Business 2.0 included weblin in its list of the "Most promising non-U.S. Web 2.0 companies" and Always On incorporated the company in its Global 250 list of hottest companies. Companies such as Microsoft and IBM are already using weblin to expand the reach of their community, create stickiness, and provide a revolutionary immersive Web experiences. For further information, please visit: http://www.weblin.com.
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