iVillage Announces A Series of Monthly Contests Celebrating Women and Their Friendships Online

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Contests Invite Women to Tell iVillage About Their Online BFF and Describe The Designer Handbag That Suits Them Best For a Chance to Win at http://www.twitter.com/ivillage

Recognizing that iVillage is a welcoming place where women confide and share their real life, we are launching this series to invite more women to join the conversation

iVillage, the leading destination and community for women online, today announced the launch of a monthly series of contests celebrating women and their online friendships. The series kicks off with two Twitter contests, which offer the chance to win grand prizes that include a $1000 gift certificate to Target and a $500 gift certificate to Bloomingdale's. The most creative and original submissions will win.

"Recognizing that iVillage is a welcoming place where women confide and share their real life, we are launching this series to invite more women to join the conversation," said Jodi Kahn, Executive Vice President, iVillage Networks. "These contests will touch on themes that matter most to women and I am excited to ramp up the dialogue and to be inspired by stories of friendship."

To celebrate the BlogHer 09 conference, iVillage is launching a Twitter contest especially for conference attendees. Starting today, users can Tweet @iVillage, including #blogher09, at http://www.twitter.com/ivillage about the friends they have met and bonded with online, and what makes them so special. The first 100 submissions will win a $25 Target gift certificate and the grand prize is a $1000 Target gift certificate. The contest runs until July 31, 2009, at 11:59 pm ET. For full contest rules, visit: ivillage.com/bff_contest.

In addition, another contest also underway asks the Twitter audience to Tweet about the designer handbag that is best suited for their personality for a chance to win a $500 Bloomingdale's gift certificate. Users can submit their entry at http://www.twitter.com/ivillage. The contest runs until 1:59 pm ET on Friday, August 7, 2009. For full contest rules, visit: ivillage.com/twitterhandbagcontest.

About iVillage:
iVillage is the leading online community for women, with over one thousand active message boards that allow women around the world to connect, share ideas, and seek advice and support. iVillage is a daily destination for women seeking compelling content on parenting & pregnancy, health, fitness, entertainment, beauty & style, home & garden, green, food and relationships. Additional businesses and brand extensions within iVillage Networks include iVillage UK, NBC Digital Health Network, Astrology.com and GardenWeb. In addition, iVillage enjoys a strategic partnership with BlogHer, the leading participatory news, entertainment and information network for women online. iVillage Inc., acquired by NBC Universal, Inc. in May 2006, is based in New York City.

iVillage Networks is part of NBC Universal's Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks, a powerful combination of media assets that additionally include Bravo Media, "Green is Universal," and Oxygen Media, and Women@NBCU, a female targeted sales and marketing initiative.

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