Launch of Buddystumbler.com -- a Revolutionary Way to Make Friends

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Buddystumbler allows you to make friends and meet people across AOL, Yahoo, MSN and Google for free online chat. It's 100% free.

There are millions of users on existing IM networks chatting with known friends, colleagues and family members. Until buddystumbler.com there wasn't an easy way for these users to find other like-minded people to chat with

Buddystumbler is a new, revolutionary way to make friends based on existing IM networks, today announced its production launch. Buddystumbler.com is the only social networking site on the web based on instant messaging across existing networks: AOL, Yahoo, MSN or Google. Users can meet people across AOL, Yahoo, MSN and Google for free online chat.

Being a frequent user of instant messaging (IM), founder Han-Shen Yuan decided to create a social network that allowed more people to interact with each other, in communicating online. By developing Buddystumbler, he found a way to enable free online chat in a new and more personal level.

Users create their own profiles that include their photos, descriptions and interests to show others what they like. Furthermore, Buddystumbler provides a powerful interface to enable search to meet people based user profile, interest and location. Not only do you choose who to chat with, but can have the ability to find others with similar interests or within your area.

"There are millions of users on existing IM networks chatting with known friends, colleagues and family members. Until buddystumbler.com there wasn't an easy way for these users to find other like-minded people to chat with," said Han, founder of buddystumbler.com.

"One of the biggest differences between us and other social networking sites is that you don't have to log onto the website constantly to meet new people. You simply create a profile and make new friends using your existing IM client," said Han.

Buddystumbler has enabled more comprehensive profiles, as users can now include the latest blog entries from Xanga, Myspace, LiveJournal or Blogger. A RSS feed enables users to broadcast their own blogs into their profiles. The Buddystumbler interface leverages the Web 2.0 paradigm and is built using the Ruby on Rails development framework. Yim, UI architect and co-founder of Buddystumbler, has refined the interface based on feedback during months of beta testing by thousands of users.

"The production launch is a milestone for the whole team and we hope to continue helping others make connections through instant messaging. Our motto is "I search therefore IM", enabling you to search and instant message others to find new connections. Happy Stumbling," said Han.

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