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Type of site
Social networking service
Dissolved2019, Inc.
Launched1999; 25 years ago (1999)
Current statusInactive was a social networking service. It was founded in 1999[1][2] and went defunct in September 2019.[3]

Company Information and History[edit] was initially founded in 1999 to give teenagers a voice on the internet and was a leader in the teen oriented world for several years. It was founded by three Carnegie Mellon University graduates, Lin Dai, Michael Howard, and Ivan Tumanov. Dai served as the Chief Executive Officer and Editor-in-Chief, Howard as the Chief Operation Officer, and Tumanov as the Chief Technology Officer. The first editors came from Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh, and included Sonni Abatta, now a lead news anchor at WOFL-TV in Orlando.

In August 2007, the company was bought by Magnitude Information Systems, Inc., a publicly listed company.[4] In 2008, the company launched a new version, Kiwibox 2.0 and in October 2009 the company launched Kiwibox 3.0, shifting its audience focus from teenagers to young adults. The new platform brings the community to the next level with the latest social network technology. As of December 31, 2009, Kiwibox Media Inc. merged with Magnitude Information Systems and renamed itself to, Inc. the New York-based social network. In the beginning of 2011 Kiwibox acquired, a photoblog community and launched a U.S. version of this community in the summer of 2011. Effective July 1, 2011, Inc. became the owner of Kwick! – a top social network community based in Germany. shares are freely traded on the bulletin board under the symbol KIWB.OB.[5]

On September 19, 2019, Kiwibox posted on Facebook that the site would go offline in the near future. The post encouraged users to download personal information as soon as possible.[3]


Kiwibox had a number of unique features such as blogging, photos, status updates, games, forums, event pictures, event scheduling, etc.


Kiwibox 1.0, 1999 launch

1999 - 2004[edit]

Kiwibox was founded and launched.[6]

2005 - 2007[edit]

Kiwibox exceeded 1 million registered members. Kiwibox merged with Magnitude Information Systems[7] (OTC BB:MAGY.OB).

2008 - 2009[edit]

August 2008, Kiwibox launched the new Kiwibox 2.0[8] site. With the launch of Kiwibox 2.0, the mobile platform also went live for users to gain access to Kiwibox via cell phones.[9]

During 2008, the Kiwibox Teen Network[10] was also launched. In late 2008, Kiwibox signed contracts with Universal Music Group to distribute video content to its users.[11]

Early in 2009, with over 500 original self-produced videos, Kiwibox was accepted into the partnership program with YouTube, LLC.[12] Kiwibox crossed 2 million registered members.[6] The 4KIWI SMS platform launched enabling users to get SMS updates from news to friend alerts.


During the beginning months of 2010, Kiwibox released their full functioning Android application allowing users to easily explore, connect, and party via their cellular phones. The revamped site is now a community for college students and young professionals, to connect with friends on the net and meet new people while having a fulfilling online experience. Kiwibox is a platform for them to show off their skills and interests, whether it is writing, photography, event promotion and planning, or general technical tasks. Along with the social network, the Nightlife/Events section continues to thrive bringing people in NYC together at events and online.


Kiwibox lauded its new designed webpage. This year Kiwibox reached 3 million users and continues to grow with the new user-friendly app and website.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ hughes, emma (8 October 2008). "Universal music group joins kiwibox". theinquirer. Archived from the original on July 13, 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ Caroline McCarthy (5 August 2008). "Teen social network Kiwibox relaunches out of beta". CNET.
  3. ^ a b "Kiwibox will go offline in the near future". Facebook. 2019-09-18. Retrieved 2022-09-24.
  4. ^ "Unassociated Document".
  5. ^[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b Universal Music Group (UMG) and Launch Music Video Library
  7. ^ Magnitude Announces Acquisition Agreement
  8. ^ Kiwibox Gives Teen Social Network a Makeover
  9. ^ "Kiwibox takes its community into mobile". Archived from the original on 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2009-06-13.
  10. ^ Kiwibox, Burst Media, a good match
  11. ^ UMG To Distribute Music Videos on Kiwibox
  12. ^ "Kiwibox Accepted Into YouTube Partner Program". Archived from the original on 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2009-06-13.

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