We Heart It

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We Heart It
We Heart It Logo.jpg
Web address weheartit.com
Available in English, Portuguese (Brazilian), Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Italian, Indonesian, Greek, Russian, Turkish, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and more
Users 25 million[1][2]
Created by Fabio Giolito
Launched 2008; 6 years ago (2008)
Current status active

We Heart It is an image-based social network for inspiring images. We Heart It describes itself as "A home for your inspiration" and a place to "Organize and share the things you love."[3] Users can collect (or "heart") their favorite images to share with friends and organize into collections. Users can access the site through a web browser or We Heart It's iOS and Android mobile apps.

History[edit]

We Heart It was founded in 2008 by Fabio Giolito, a native of Brazil.[4] He started the site as a side project around the idea of "hearting" photos and saving them for sharing with friends. What started as a tool for himself and friends, the product grew organically from there.[5] When growth began to surge, Fabio brought on co-founder Bruno Zanchet to help focus on infrastructure. The two took on some seed funding and the site became an incorporated business in California in 2011.[6]

Business[edit]

We Heart It was incorporated in the United States in 2011. Its headquarters are located in San Francisco and has a team of 18 employees.[7]

As of June 2013, We Heart It raised $8 million in Series A funding from White Oak and IDG Ventures.[8]

As of February 2014 it ranks 754 in Alexa's global traffic rank.[9]

In May 2014, We Heart It rolled out its first batch of native, in-stream ads. Early advertisers include Old Navy, Hollister, JCPenney, and Candie's. A small icon above the image indicates which are ads.[10]

Features[edit]

We Heart It is a visual platform that supports still images, animated GIFs, and video.

New users can join via email, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Users can access the site through a normal web browser or through the site's official mobile iOS app for iPhone, iPod or iPad and Android app. New content can be shared using an official Heart Button bookmarklet[11] or Heart It buttons on a webpage.[12] Users can share content directly on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. It is also possible to find friends from Facebook and Twitter.

We Heart It also offers follow icons, live widgets, and share buttons for users who want to incorporate We Heart It on their website or blog.[13]

We Heart It is also known for its positive community, since there are no features for commenting or messaging, users feel more comfortable posting content since it will not receive negative comments as it might on other social networks.[14]

Usage[edit]

In December of 2013, We Heart It reached 25 million monthly users.[15] Four out of five of the site’s over 25 million users are under 24 years old, and more than 70 percent are female.[16]

We Heart It is gaining over 1 million new users each month, 2/3 of whom are registering on mobile devices.[17] On average, We Heart It members spend more than 16.5 minutes on the site at a time. The average mobile app users opens the app over 25 times per month.[6]

The Huffington Post cited We Heart It as one of the 10 Happiest Places On The Internet[18] for finding a smile or inspiration on.

Danielle Bradbery, season 4 winner of The Voice, told InStyle Magazine that We Heart It is her favorite iPhone app.[19]

In 2013, We Heart It was chosen as one of Google Play's Best Apps of 2013.[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jones, Stacy. "The Most Popular Social Network You've Never Heard Of--Until Now". Fast Company. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Taylor, Colleen. "Now With 25M Monthly Users, Social Photo Startup We Heart It Partners With Teen Vogue & Others". TechCrunch. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "We Heart It | About". Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Shontell, Alyson. "There Is A Very, Very Big Pinterest Competitor With More Than 600 Million Monthly Pageviews". Business Insider. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  5. ^ Shontell, Alyson. "Another Pinterest Has Arrived In Silicon Valley: WeHeartIt Snags $8 Million With 20 Million Uniques". Business Insider. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Taylor, Colleen. "We Heart It, The Social Photo Phenom That’s Quietly Amassed 20M Monthly Users, Nabs $8M Funding". Techcrunch. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Wagner, Kurt. "Why We Heart It Could Be the Next Big Social Network". Mashable. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Gannes, Liz. "We Heart It, Image Site That’s a Favorite of Young Ladies, Raises $8M". All Things D. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Alexa Statistics Summary for weheartit.com". Alexa. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  10. ^ Wagner, Kurt. "With Nearly 30 Million Users, We Heart It Tests Loyalty With Ads". Mashable. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "We Heart It | Heart Button". Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  12. ^ "We Heart It | Goodies". Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  13. ^ Ray, Mitt. "How to Get Started With We Heart It [Complete Guide]". Yahoo! Small Business Advisor. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  14. ^ Jones, Stacy. "The Most Popular Social Network You've Never Heard Of--Until Now". Fast Company. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  15. ^ Taylor, Colleen. "Now With 25M Monthly Users, Social Photo Startup We Heart It Partners With Teen Vogue & Others". TechCrunch. Retrieved 13 December 2013. 
  16. ^ Hockenson, Lauren. "With more than 25M users, We Heart It has found a niche with girls under 24". GigaOm. Retrieved 22 April 2014. 
  17. ^ Church, Jessica (27 June 2013). "We Heart It Surpasses 20 Million Monthly Users Mark via 100% Organic Growth" (Press release). San Francisco: Yahoo! Finance. Retrieved 2013-12-13. 
  18. ^ Gregoire, Carolyn (30 January 2013). "Inspiring Websites: The 10 Happiest Places On The Internet". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  19. ^ Davis, Jennifer. "The Voice Winner Danielle Bradbery on Record Deals, Cupcakes, and Tweeting Hunter Hayes". InStyle. Retrieved 25 June 2013. 
  20. ^ "Play Picks Apps - Our Best Apps of 2013". Google Play. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 

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