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ChaCha

December 14, 2010 09:31 ET

ChaCha.com Connects Its 22+ Million Visitors With All Major Social Networks, Powered by Gigya

Seamless Social Sign-On and Sharing of ChaCha Content With Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google, Windows Messenger and LinkedIn

INDIANAPOLIS, IN--(Marketwire - December 14, 2010) - ChaCha, the #1 free, real-time answers service, today announced it has implemented Gigya's social CRM technology (www.gigya.com), to provide the highest level of social connectivity and engagement to the ChaCha online community. With Gigya, ChaCha.com's more than 22 million unique monthly visitors can now share their questions, answers and related content with friends and colleagues via all major social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google, Windows Messenger and LinkedIn.

"Having just answered our billionth question, ChaCha understands that asking a question can often be part of a larger social experience due to shared interests in the answers, particularly as it relates to popular culture and trending topics," says Scott Jones, ChaCha's CEO. "We are heavily focused on social integration that allows our users to easily share and interact in exciting ways. Gigya is the right solution to take ChaCha's social engagement to the next level on our exploding website, now the fastest-growing site in the Top 100. Quick, accurate free answers are hot right now. With one click, Gigya lets our users invite more friends to the party."

Powered by Gigya, ChaCha.com's more than 22 million unique visitors can now easily register and sign in securely using their established social identities from Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google, LinkedIn, and others. When users ask ChaCha questions, they can simultaneously share that question with their friends on multiple social networks of their choice with just one click. Users also gain the ability to share photos, videos, and other related content, including collections of questions and answers asked about hot topics of mutual interest. Full Gigya functionality will be rolling out over the next two weeks at ChaCha.com.

"By bringing the popular social networks into their site through Gigya's technology, ChaCha has instantly expanded the 22 million strong ChaCha community to include those users' hundreds of millions of friends. ChaCha is delivering an innovative social user experience that enables content and information to amplify at scale, and deepens user relationships with both ChaCha and the community," says David A. Yovanno, Gigya's CEO.

Gigya (www.gigya.com) Gigya is a software-as-a-service technology that delivers scalable social CRM, unifying the most popular identity and social providers including Facebook, Twitter, PayPal and LinkedIn and bringing the features and benefits to corporate websites. Gigya enables online businesses to deepen customer relationships and tap existing friend networks, driving social registrations, word of mouth, and social interaction for websites and applications. In addition, Gigya provides analytics, best practices, consulting and support to optimize every implementation. Supporting more than 280 million users each month across more than 500,000 sites, Gigya's technology is the choice of global leaders in publishing and commerce including CBS, Fox Sports, Intuit, The Coca-Cola Company, The Home Depot, and Turner Networks. Gigya is a leading company in the Social CRM market, which Gartner forecasts to reach $600 million this year.

ChaCha (www.chacha.com) is the leading free, real-time answers service and has emerged as the #1 way for advertisers to engage with the audience of their choice. Through its unique "ask-a-smart-friend" platform, ChaCha has answered more than one billion questions since launch from more than 25 million unique users per month via online (www.chacha.com), SMS text (242-242), Twitter (@chacha), Facebook app, iPhone app, Android app, and voice (1-800-2-ChaCha™). Working with major brands such as Paramount, AT&T, Palm, Johnson & Johnson, P&G, Coca-Cola, McDonald's, and Sonic, ChaCha.com is one of the fastest growing mobile publishers according to Nielsen and is ranked in the Top 100 websites according to comScore and Quantcast. 

ChaCha was co-founded by proven innovator and entrepreneur Scott Jones and is funded by VantagePoint Venture Partners; Rho Ventures; Bezos Expeditions; Morton Meyerson, former President and Vice Chairman of EDS as well as Chairman and CEO of Perot Systems; Rod Canion, founding CEO of Compaq Computer; the Simon family; and Jack Gill, Silicon Valley venture capitalist.

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