About.me

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About.me
About.me-stylised.svg
Web address about.me
Commercial? No
Type of site
Social directory
Registration Yes
Owner AOL
Created by Tony Conrad, Ryan Freitas, Tim Young
Alexa rank
negative increase 1,447 (April 2014)[1]
Current status Active

About.me (Usually styled as about.me) is a personal web hosting service co-founded by Ryan Freitas, Tony Conrad and Tim Young in October 2009.[2] The site offers registered users a simple platform from which to link multiple online identities, relevant external sites, and popular social networking websites such as Facebook, Flickr, Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter, Tumblr, and YouTube. It is characterized by its one-page user profiles, each with a large, often-artistic background image and abbreviated biography.

On December 20, 2010, just four days after its public launch, About.me was acquired by AOL.[3] The company remained at AOL for a little over twenty-five months. On February 5, 2013, it was announced that Conrad had bought back majority control of About.me from AOL; although no specifics were revealed on the purchase price, Conrad did say that it was a fraction of the price AOL paid to originally buy it. Conrad believed that there were no advantages in being owned by AOL, and that the site did not fit with AOL's current business model (which has emphasized online content rather than social networking services). The site returned to becoming a startup, and began another funding round following the announcement.[4]

References[edit]

Icon for the About.me mobile app
  1. ^ "About.me Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ "About.Me Launches with Ultimate Personal Domain Brand". Business Wire. December 9, 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Newly Minted Social Identity Startup About.me Gets Acquired by AOL". SocialTimes. 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  4. ^ "About.me Buys Itself Back From AOL". Bits. The New York Times. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 

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