Originate Labs Launches Refollow, a Twitter Application to Help Users Discover, Manage and Protect Their Twitter Relationships

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Web-based Twitter Application Solves Big Challenge for Twitter Users

Our team was able to apply the Agile development methodology to go from concept to beta in less than a month.

Originate Labs today announced the launch its most recent venture: Refollow (http://refollow.com). This web based application allows users to graphically filter and explore their Twitter relationships, bulk follow and un-follow, and navigate through other's friends.

"Refollow is a great tool for visualizing and discovering the multi-directional relationships within a Twitter social graph. We spent a lot of time evaluating various opportunities for investment in this space, but this one definitely stood out," said Jeremy Miller, Director of Business Development at Originate. "While Twitter makes connecting and communicating easy, eventually managing the hundreds, or even thousands of relationships a user builds over time will become extremely challenging." Originate plans to continue investing in Twitter applications and generally in the social-media space, according to Mr. Miller.

Twi5.com, which covers and tests new Twitter applications, cited that "Refollow is arguably one of the best twitter follow unfollow applications ever made." Nischal Shetty, founder of Twi5.com comments, "We have often heard readers asking if there exists a twitter bulk unfollow tool that would allow them to choose the users to unfollow as well as specify a list of users whom they do not wish to unfollow! Refollow solves this problem."

"We are excited to add Refollow to the Originate portfolio. Originate prides itself on investing in challenging opportunities with a critical time to market, and this was no exception," added Rob Meadows, CEO. "Our team was able to apply the Agile development methodology to go from concept to beta in less than a month."

For optimal security, Refollow uses OAuth, the open protocol for secure API authorization. This gives users the control and ability to grant and revoke permissions to applications from within Twitter, similar to Facebook's mechanism.

Refollow is currently available to the public in its beta release and users are encouraged to comment and leave feedback about the application, through Twitter of course!

About Originate

Originate is a free-thinking Venture Resources firm which invests elite engineering talent, methods, and experience in high potential ideas and partners. Originate fosters the entrepreneurial spirit, inspires technological innovation, and supports personal career growth by providing the freedom to experiment with novel solutions to real-world problems and by supporting new business ventures with proven processes and management. Originate's portfolio includes both internally generated incubations as well as investments in entrepreneurial start-ups and fast-moving later-stage ventures. Founded in 2006, Originate, Inc. is a privately held company with offices in San Mateo and Los Angeles, California and Hangzhou, China. For more information please visit http://originatelabs.com

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