SOURCE: Wetpaint

July 17, 2007 08:00 ET

Wetpaint Offers Users Free Private Wikis

Anyone Can Now Easily Start and Grow a Private Wetpaint Wiki Website With as Few (or Many) People as They Wish to Invite

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - July 17, 2007) - Wetpaint (www.wetpaint.com), the consumer-friendly Wiki for collaborating and publishing online, has added the ability to create free private Wiki Websites. Private Wetpaint Wikis are invitation-only online communities viewable and editable only by people their creators invite. Once users have access to the private Wetpaint Wiki, they can easily communicate, collaborate, interact, and share information, music, videos, calendars, polls, files, and more with other members. Private Wetpaint Wikis are ideal for families, class projects, and clubs who want to build collaborative Websites that offer their community the best of social networking, blogs and Web publishing.

"Fundamentally, Wikis are about openness, dialogue, and interaction. However, there are any number of situations where those things need to happen privately," said Ben Elowitz, CEO of Wetpaint. "Now anyone can build a private Wetpaint Wiki Website as an online meeting place for their closest family, friends, and associates while also enjoying the benefits of the extended public Wetpaint community."

Establishing a free private Wetpaint Wiki is an easy election available to site creators during the Wiki setup process at http://www.wetpaint.com/wiki. When asked "Who can view your Wetpaint Wiki?" creators simply select the "Invited members" option. Existing public Wetpaint Wikis can easily be converted to private Wikis by changing the permissions scheme in the site settings area.

In addition to free private Wetpaint Wikis, Wetpaint is also announcing the availability of YouTube Video and Yahoo! Images search services, which aid users in easily finding and uploading videos and images without having to leave their Wetpaint Wiki. Wetpaint also launched a unique Top Contributor avatar cloud. Similar to more traditional keyword tag clouds, the Top Contributor cloud displays the profile photos of users who are making contributions to the site.

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 450,000 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, T-Mobile, and HTC. 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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