coComment and JS-Kit confirmed that all existing users of coComment’s Site Comments engine will continue to be fully supported and will not be inconvenienced.
Userplane announced that it will offer JS-Kitâ€™s Ratings service through Userplaneâ€™s distribution channels. JS-Kit will add Userplaneâ€™s Webchat application to its product suite, which includes; Comments, Reviews, Ratings, and Polls.
Webchat and Ratings are both incredibly light weight, simple to install, easy to customize, and provided free with advertising or under a low cost ASP model.
Webchat from Userplane is a turnkey chat solution that enables real-time text messaging and voice/video communication for community, dating, corporate and collaborative websites. Easily integrated and fully scalable, JS-Kit will be using the Userplane Minichat, a complementary component of Webchat, configured to display a single line of text or an entire conversation block. The clickable Minichat pane can be embedded on virtually any website, providing a window into the current action in the chat room.
JS-Kitâ€™s Ratings widget uncovers and displays a siteâ€™s top content by allowing visitors to rate merchandise items, services, pictures, blog entries or any other objects on the site. It enables publishers to use their best content to keep visitors engaged and collect data about the audiencesâ€™ tastes and preferences.
â€œBoth Userplane and JS-Kit bring interaction to websites and, incredibly, our product offerings are 100% complementary,â€ said Sam Wick, GM of Userplane and VP of AOL. â€œThis cross distribution strategy allows our respective teams to expand the features of our core suite and focus on more cutting-edge work.â€
â€œAs IT budgets tighten in 2009, web publishers will be able to turn to our low cost, yet feature rich product suite, to achieve their objectives,â€ said Khris Loux, Chief Executive Officer, JS-Kit. â€œWith this collaboration, publishers will also benefit by working with companies they know will be around. They can enjoy one-stop shopping with either of us, and theyâ€™ll get familiar with how our technologies work and can leverage that experience with any of our apps. Itâ€™s a great solution for everyone.â€
Ads from Userplaneâ€™s social media ad network will flow through the Minichat product, providing monetization for both companies on any ads distributed through their use of the apps.
Userplaneâ„¢ is the worldâ€™s premier social software provider for online communities. The companyâ€™s leading-edge applications enable instant communication, content and functionality for social networks â€“ and support millions of users daily. Recently ranked as one of the 30 largest ad networks, Userplane offers a revenue-sharing solution that serves up half a billion impressions daily and reaches nearly 50M users monthly. A pioneer of the social web, Userplane was founded in 2001. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL based in Santa Monica, California.
JS-Kit provides ultra-lightweight, feature-specific content and community services for any site via a hosted platform. The company’s services offer unparalleled ease of implementation and a compelling combination of power and affordability. JS-Kit empowers publishers by delivering must-have features, promoting rich interactivity and building community and customer knowledge.
Social widget provider JS-Kit announced that it has raise $3.6 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Altos Ventures with participation from Series A investor TEF3.
“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the JS-Kit team for their unwavering commitment and hard work. I’d also like to thank our friends and partners who use JS-Kit on their sites and send us detailed feedback for improving the product – your passion fuels our motivation to continue delivering great products,” Khris Loux, CEO, said.
The new round of funds will be used for expansion of the company’s development team and ensure continued innovation and stability for its web publishers.