Gaia Online Named to TIME.com 50 Best Websites of 2008 List

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Gaia Online, the leading online hangout for teens, today announced that it has been named to TIME.com's 50 Best Websites of 2008 in the Fun & Games category. Described by TIME Magazine staff writer, Anita Hamilton as a "kind of Internet carnival," Gaia Online enables visitors to socialize, play games, customize their avatar, in-world home and car, roam the site's virtual world, share artwork with other users, and much more. "Gaia Online is a safe, fun and imaginative place for teens to hang out," adds Hamilton.

Gaia Online, the leading online hangout for teens, today announced that it has been named to TIME.com's 50 Best Websites of 2008 in the Fun & Games category. Described by TIME Magazine staff writer, Anita Hamilton as a "kind of Internet carnival," Gaia Online enables visitors to socialize, play games, customize their avatar, in-world home and car, roam the site's virtual world, share artwork with other users, and much more. "Gaia Online is a safe, fun and imaginative place for teens to hang out," adds Hamilton.

Each year, TIME.com names the best and brightest websites, putting the seemingly infinite array of Web options into a roster of indispensable sites in the categories of Advice & Facts, Info & Gossip, Handy Tools, Fun & Games and Hobbies & Interests. Users can view the list and vote on the TIME.com choices by visiting the site.

"It is an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious source as TIME.com, and to be alongside some of the coolest, most entertaining websites the Internet has to offer," said Craig Sherman, CEO, Gaia Online. "This recognition further strengthens our continued dedication to bringing loyal Gaians and newcomers alike a unique and immersive experience that allows them to fulfill real-life interests and passions in meaningful and relevant ways."

Since launching in 2003, Gaia Online has become the fastest-growing hangout on the web. According to an April 2008 report by research group Hitwise, Gaia Online has the highest average visit time among social networking sites, including Facebook and MySpace. More than three hundred thousand Gaians log into Gaia Online each day, many of them participating in one of the most active forums on the Web with more than 1 billion posts to date.

About Gaia Online
Founded in 2003, Gaia Online is the leading teen hangout on the web. More than five million visitors come to Gaia every month to make friends, play games, watch movies in Gaia Cinemas, Gaia's virtual theaters, and participate in the world's most active online community. Gaia provides a fun, social environment that inspires individuality and creativity. With everything from art contests to discussion forums on poetry, politics, celebrities and more, to fully customizable profiles, digital characters and cars, Gaia is a place where teens can create their own space and express their individual style. For more information, visit http://www.gaiaonline.com.

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