Named a Finalist in the 2008 "Webware 100" Awards for Social Networking

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Geni, Inc. today announced that has been selected by the editors of Webware, a CNET site, as a finalist in this year's "Webware 100" Awards for Social Networking. The Webware 100 Awards recognize the best Web 2.0 sites, services, and applications that are leading the next wave of innovation. Finalists are selected by the editors of Webware, but the ultimate winners will be picked by the public. Winners will be announced on Monday, April 21, 2008.

Webware ( provides the latest information on Web 2.0 sites, services, and applications. Its timely and relevant blog entries about hundreds of web-based services, such as wikis, blogs, and social networking sites, help users determine the best products for them to use in their daily lives. Webware is led by veteran tech journalist and CNET Editor-at-Large Rafe Needleman, with additional entries from the CNET editors. Webware editors received and reviewed thousands of entries. Voting opened to the public on Monday, February 25, 2008 at noon PACIFIC and closes on Monday, March 31, 2008 and can be accessed at

Geni's CEO David Sacks said, "We are proud to be selected as a finalist once again. We are by far the youngest site to receive this honor." Sacks continued, "Last year we won the award in the Reference category. This year we were chosen from more than 4,600 user-submitted nominations as a finalist in the Social category." He added, "With so many new sites this year we expect some intense competition!"

Since Geni's launch in January 2007 as a simple tool to create a family tree, Geni has continued to add features and enhancements. Among these additions are enhanced privacy settings, unlimited photo sharing and tagging, birthday reminders, GEDCOM export, family discussion, timelines, events, map and calendar. Since the launch Geni users have added more than 10 million profiles to the site.

Fans of the site can cast their votes by going to

Winners will be invited to celebrate at Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco ( held April 22-25 at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco. Web 2.0 Expo is the official partner of the 2008 Webware 100 Awards.

More than 480,000 votes were cast in the 2007 Webware 100 Awards. Last year's winners can be seen here:

About ( is a privately held company headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Geni was founded by former executives and early employees of PayPal, Yahoo! Groups, eBay, and Tribe. It is backed by venture capital firms Founders Fund and Charles River Ventures.


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