Paltalk World's Largest Online Video Chat Community Hosts ABC News Videoblogger Amanda Congdon for Live Interactive Public Discussion

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Congdon Joins Four Million Active Members Communicating Live in Patented Video- and Voice-Enabled Chat Rooms Accommodating Thousands

Our four million active members and Amanda's fans love the spirit of open communication and growing sense of community around original online content that both Paltalk and Amanda represent, and we are excited to offer them an exciting way to engage with Amanda on Paltalk that is truly interactive.

Paltalk, the world's largest online video chat community with more than four million active members, today announced ABC News videoblogger Amanda Congdon will host a live interactive video chat open to the public on March 22, 2007 at 9pm EST. Paltalk members will be able to ask Congdon questions live in a patented video- and voice-enabled chat room accommodating thousands of users simultaneously communicating with her and each other.    

Congdon is one of the first Web 2.0 celebrities, a breakout star who shot to fame as the host of Rocketboom, one of the Internet's most popular videoblogs. In addition to hosting her weekly segment on ABCNews.com, she also stars in her own personal videoblog hosted by blip.tv, which can be watched at AmandaCongdon.blip.tv or at StarringAmandaCongdon.com. Congdon is now developing a series for HBO, making her one of the first personalities to use Internet stardom as a gateway to traditional media.

"We are excited to have Amanda Congdon back on Paltalk for a live video chat," said Joel Smernoff, President and COO, Paltalk. "Our four million active members and Amanda's fans love the spirit of open communication and growing sense of community around original online content that both Paltalk and Amanda represent, and we are excited to offer them an exciting way to engage with Amanda on Paltalk that is truly interactive."

"I'm excited to be taking part in Paltalk's vision," said Amanda Congdon. "I'm looking forward to seeing the faces of my fans, taking some live questions online, and engaging them through sight, sound, and text in real-time."

Paltalk answers the demands of users who crave a way to communicate beyond the text and one-to-one discussions offered on most online communication programs. Paltalk has become one of the most popular online services, with more than 50 million downloads accounting for eight billion voice minutes per year. People use Paltalk to socialize, talk politics, pick stocks, learn languages and sing karaoke.

Paltalk includes features such as Super IMTM, a patented function that allows users to pull in up to nine friends from around the world into one Instant Messenger window for a live video and voice chat session. Paltalk also features enhanced video streaming to near broadcast-level quality, full duplex audio, multi-player gaming and music provided through a special partnership with Real Rhapsody.

New York-based Paltalk was founded over 8 years ago and survived the first Internet bubble, becoming a profitable company by offering quality communication products for personal and professional use. Paltalk was the first company to launch an Instant Messenger with video and voice capability combined with an online buddy list.    

For more information or to access the chat, users should visit http://www.paltalk.com/amandacongdon. The Paltalk Amanda Congdon Live chat will take place March 22, 2007 at 9 pm EST.    

To Access the Chat

For media interested in participating in, or listening to, the video chat with Amanda Congdon, please contact Philip Ramirez at (212) 780-0200 x. 103 or follow the instructions below:

1. Download and register for a free Paltalk messenger account at http://www.paltalk.com.

2. Before the chat starts, open the Paltalk messenger.

3. Click on the Chat Rooms Tab.

4. The chat will be listed under the Featured Chat Rooms section.

5. You can also go to http://www.paltalk.com/amandacongdon for information about the chat.

About Paltalk

Paltalk (http://www.paltalk.com) is the largest video chat community on the Internet with over four million active members participating in live voice- and video-enabled chat rooms. Our patented technology allows thousands of simultaneous users to communicate via video and audio all in the same chat room. The Paltalk Messenger is compatible with leading instant messaging (IM) services, allowing users to transfer existing buddy lists, combine all their contacts, and talk to friends who use other IM programs. Founded in 1998, Paltalk is a privately held company based in New York. Paltalk also owns and operates HearMe (http://www.hearme.com), a B2B Web conferencing service. Paltalk was the first company to launch video and voice combined with an online buddy list in one package.

About Amanda Congdon

Amanda Congdon is the Co-President of Oxmour Entertainment. She is a videoblogger, writer, actress and producer of StarringAmandaCongdon.com. In addition she is a contributor for ABCNews.com. She is currently developing a show for HBO that will feature both television and online components. Last fall, Amanda traveled across the country as part of her Amanda Across America project, where she chronicled her trip and promoted environmental issues via videoblog.

About blip.tv

Blip.tv is the video sharing site focused on shows. Blip.tv carries and distributes thousands of episodic programs, from sitcoms and news magazines to video diaries. The shows are hosted on blip.tv itself and syndicated to websites throughout the Internet. Blip.tv was named the top video sharing site on the Internet by Light Reading and by PC World.

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