SOURCE: Wetpaint

September 06, 2007 08:00 ET

Wetpaint Jumpstarts Wiki Creation Process for Classrooms, Group Projects, Gaming Clans, Groups of Friends, Sports Teams, and More

New Site Templates Deliver Preformatted Content, Site Navigation Structures, and Other Inspiring Suggestions to Make It Even Easier for Consumers to Create Free Wiki Websites

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - September 6, 2007) - Wetpaint (www.wetpaint.com), the consumer-friendly Wiki for collaborating and publishing online, today announced the debut of a site templates feature designed to help Wetpaint users more quickly and easily launch a high-quality Website for classrooms, group projects, gaming clans, groups of friends, sports teams and more. Along with the new site templates feature, Wetpaint users will also experience enhanced profile management capabilities that provide even more control over their onsite experience. Reflecting the company's dedication to consumer-led innovation of its Wiki platform, the inspiration for both features was based on feedback from Wetpaint users who have created a Wetpaint universe of more than 500,000 Wikis since the company launched in June 2006.

"In five years' time, every group initiative will have its own Website where members can share ideas, collaborate, and coordinate in ways that we're just starting to realize and appreciate today," said Ben Elowitz, CEO of Wetpaint. "Our mission is to be the Wiki platform of choice for these groups and to make it extremely easy for anyone to create a collaborative Website or a community around any purpose or passion."

Each of the Wetpaint site templates comes with a set of preformatted pages to make launching those group Websites possible with just a few clicks. Elowitz continued, "For site creators, the first contribution has always been the hardest contribution. The main goal of the site templates feature is to make that first contribution easier than ever, inspiring consumers to establish a site where they can immediately start collaborating with like-minded people."

Uniquely developed to help consumers immediately incorporate the best aspects of blogs, social networks, and message boards into their own personal Website or online community, the new site templates include options for parent-teacher groups, classrooms, team projects, weddings, book clubs, gaming clans, groups of friends, and sports teams. Included in these options are preformatted content pages, site navigation structures, Wiki tips, and other inspiring suggestions that new site creators can adopt or adapt as soon as they arrive at their newly created Wetpaint site. For example, the parent-teacher group template includes pages for members and officers, tracking fundraising efforts, recording meeting minutes, and keeping a calendar of events. Site creators can use these pages as guides, augment them, edit them, or even delete them if they so wish.

In addition to the new site templates feature, Wetpaint profile management received an upgrade. Now Wetpaint users have even more control of their online Wetpaint experience, including the ability to centrally manage their site memberships as well as manage preferences for site notifications and emails. To access the expanded set of network profile management capabilities, users must sign into their Wetpaint site and access their profile, where they can update their profile contents, review person-to-person messages, administer their Watchlist of pages and comment threads, and review their site contributions and the status of any invitations they've sent. Additionally, users can view a list of all the Wetpaint wikis of which they are members and update passwords and email addresses.

About Wetpaint

Wetpaint is changing the way people share and collaborate about passions and interests online through its consumer-friendly Wiki platform. For the first time, anyone who knows how to use Microsoft Word can use Wetpaint to click and type online. Wetpaint has powered more than 500,000 user-created community sites since launching in June 2006. The Seattle startup has also caught the attention of prominent consumer brands such as ABC, BET, CBS, HTC, T-Mobile, and more. These companies have partnered with Wetpaint to create community sites for their most active and knowledgeable users. Wetpaint is backed by Accel Partners, Trinity Ventures, and Frazier Technology Ventures. For more information, visit www.wetpaint.com.

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