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 Available, not required
Available in English
Launched 25 February 2005; 9 years ago (2005-02-25)
Alexa rank 12,836
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. It was notable for cyberbullying by conservative members. Writers on Gather were originally paid, but after the collapse of the website, many contributors did not receive the money owed to them. Since the website is now derelict, it is unlikely that they will ever be paid.

History[edit]

The website was founded in 2005 by Tom Gerace, an 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 is one of very few 2007 startups to use television advertising.[1]

Reception and ranking[edit]

Quantcast reported that Gather had 4.5 million monthly unique U.S. visitors and 4.4 million globally with a ranking of #2,079.[4] The Alexa Project has the site ranked as the 12,836 most visited site in the last calendar quarter of 2013.[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 derelict. 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.

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

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