Gather.com

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Gather.com
Web address www.gather.com
Slogan Gather is the place where millions of people come for a fresh perspective on what's happening now.
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
News, social media outlet
Registration No longer available
Available in English
Launched 25 February 2005; 10 years ago (2005-02-25)
Alexa rank
42,671
IP address 54.209.97.59
Current status Inactive

Gather or Gather.com was a social networking website designed to encourage interaction by discussion of various social, political and cultural topics. Its headquarters were in Boston, Massachusetts.

History[edit]

The website was founded in 2005 by Tom Gerace, a diminutive entrepreneur who previously founded the affiliate marketing company, Be Free.[1] Gather attracted investments and partnerships from media companies ranging from McGraw-Hill[2] and Hearst Publications[2] to American Public Media[1] and a member of the McClatchy family. Starbucks chose Gather over other social networking sites because of its adult demographic.[1] Lotus founder Jim Manzi was an early investor.[3] Gather was one of very few 2007 startups to use television advertising.[1]

Reception and ranking[edit]

Quantcast reports an estimated world ranking of #714,802.[4] The Alexa Project has the site ranked as the 42,671st most visited site in the second calendar quarter of 2015.[5]

The countries where the site is most visited by are (in descending order):
 India 41.5%
 USA 27%
 Pakistan 4.9%
 Canada 4.3%
 Great Britain (UK) 3.3%
 Philippines 2.1%

Operations[edit]

Members received their own subdomain, where they could publish articles and share comments. Also, members could create groups pertaining to their own efforts, or to any other topic. The most popular sections were those for breaking celebrity news, politics and sports. According to their privacy policy[6] there is no way to remove one's account from the site other than contacting support via form mail.

However, the Gather.com page now appears to be completely defunct from a social networking perspective. It is no longer possible to receive a subdomain or to remove articles for privacy purposes. Enquiries to the parent company, Skyword, about removing licensed material, go unanswered, or are redirected to Kitara Media, which also doesn't answer. The future of Gather.com remains unclear.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Sarah Lacy (October 26, 2006). "Gather.com: Social Networking Grows Up". Businessweek. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  2. ^ a b Vauhini Vara (November 17, 2006). "Hearst, McGraw-Hill Buy Into Gather.com". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  3. ^ Steve Gelsi (January 16, 2006). "Gather.com gets $6 million in funding: Allen & Co., ex-Lotus exec line up behind blogging site". Dow Jones MarketWatch. Retrieved 2007-07-06. 
  4. ^ quantcast.com
  5. ^ alexa.com
  6. ^ gather.com
  7. ^ gather.com

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