Sunday, August 13, 2006

AOL Acquires Userplane for Community Networking Software

AOL has acquired Userplane, a provider of community networking software with Web-based chat and instant messaging tools. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Userplane - originally founded in 2001 by Michael Jones, Nate Thelen and Javier Hall - has licensed its chat technology to more than 100,000 Web sites and online communities, and has a presence in more than 25 countries. Key customers include, Honda,, Spark, IGN, Tagged, Red Bull, Marvel Comics, and others. Userplane's wide network of online communities includes social networking and dating websites, blogs, and niche communities.

Userplane and its 12 employees will continue to be based in the Los Angeles area.

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