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As Wix Heads Toward IPO, Weebly Looks To Expand With Big New SF Headquarters, Plans To Add 500+ Employees !!! (QUICK READ)

The following excerpt is from Tech Crunch!

Weebly, the service that lets you, your grandma and anyone else build a website for free, is growing fast. The startup launched out of Y Combinator in 2007 and today hosts over 15 million sites, which together see more than 100 million unique visitors each month. But they also expect this growth to continue, as Weebly co-founder David Rusenko tells us that his company has signed a lease on 36,000-square feet of a historic warehouse in SOMA in downtown San Francisco, which will become its new headquarters.

Not only that, but as the anchor tenant of this new space, the company has the option to expand to 50,000-square-feet, which Rusenko says the company plans to do. As a comparison, Weebly’s new office will be nearly five-times the size of its current space in Pac Heights, which is a puny 11,000-square-feet.

With Over 15M Sites Built, Weebly Launches New Planner And Mobile Editor, Brings Website Creation Service To Android

In this day and age, if you own a small business, you need a web (and mobile) presence. It’s just the way it is. Some might opt just to go for a social media approach, a Twitter account and a Facebook page, but the likelihood is that you want something a little more flexible, high-quality and something that gives you more control over the user experience. More and more, people are turning to Wix and Weebly. The two big “W’s” in the website creator world.


For those unfamiliar, Weebly is a service that lets you, your mom, grandmother, four-year-old cousin and anyone you know create a quality website for free. Launched out of Y Combinator in 2007, Weebly has had over 15 million sites created using its service to date, which collectively attract more than 100 million unique visitors each month. This week, Weebly has kicked its service up a notch with an all-new overhaul to its website builder — one that’s been a year in the making — and the launch of an interactive “Site Planner.”

This new site planner is designed to help give people ideas and a little lightbulb-style inspiration that will help them walk through the creative process and vision for the site. Plus, Weebly now offers an HTML5 site creator that offers new themes and pre-fab building blocks to customize their new site, and, most importantly, a new mobile new editor that helps them optimize their site for mobile devices, along with a now-globally available Android app.


In the lead-up to the big launch, co-founder David Rusenko tells us, Weebly surveyed several million consumers and found that about 56 percent of them, understandably, don’t trust a business that doesn’t have a website. And, yet, 58 percent of businesses don’t have a website. Pretty eye-opening in today’s world, when over a billion people are on Facebook and hundreds of millions have so much computing power in their pockets.

Ask the Weebly founders who their core audience is and they’ll tell you, proudly, that it’s entrepreneurs — people who are trying to build their own small businesses, across every industry, not just techies. And, regardless of technical proficiency, the problem that most small business owners struggle with is how daunting it can be to face that blinking cursor, the blank page. It’s the same issue we scribblers deal with in cases of “writer’s block.” When building websites, people want ways to test out their ideas, lay out their vision, and help bring it to life.

So how does it all work?

The new Weebly site planner offers people ideas and inspiration to help ‘em plan and think through the vision for their site, which is pretty cool, as it offers a step-by-step, interactive guide to help them identify goals, organize and layout their pages. According to the founders, 55 percent of people who visit Weebly have never built a website before, so the HTML5 site creator is designed to help make that process easy on n00bs and experts alike, give their site a personalized, unique design, photos, text and so on.

The new mobile site lets users customize how their site looks for their visitors on computers, phones and tablets, allowing them to create a separate design for mobile using a distinct theme, while editing their site in a mobile viewer. As they go, they can switch between different views to see how it will look on both Android and iOS.

In turn, the company’s new Android app basically brings everything that was already native to the Weebly experience to Android, including the ability to create blog posts on the go with drag and drop mobile blogging, add photos and text to their blog, social sharing, push notifications, commenting and analytics.


“For the first time, entrepreneurs around the world have a single place where they can easily
start a site that works across computers, phones and tablets,” said Roelof Botha, partner at Sequoia Capital who led Sequoia’s investments in YouTube, Square, Tumblr and more. “We believe demand for Weebly’s site creation tool is just beginning.”

Users can sign up for Weebly in a minute, pick their site address, whether or not they want to use the free service or a premium plan which starts at $4/month, and jump in. The service now helps you plan the layout, create the site, drag-and-drop-style and publish to the address of your choice. Weebly takes care of the cross-platform optimization and SEO, leaving you to do the rest. Pretty cool.


(VIA. Tech Crunch)

Digg Sells Out & Skips Google In The Process

Digg, the once hugely popular social news website, allows users to vote up or down for their favorite news stories and headlines. Close to four years ago, Google was in talks of buying Digg out for a reported two hundred million dollars but never had the chance to follow through on their proposal.

Fast forward to the year two thousand and twelve and we see Digg.com has done rather well for itself with roughly four and a half million unique visitors per month. Not to mention the company has officially sold itself off in a three way deal: first to beta works for five hundred thousand, part to the washington post for twelve million and part to Linkedin (LNKD: + 0.91%) for around four million.

Comments have been pouring in from all over the internet and some have been a bit more harsh than others.

“If Google makes you an offer, chances are it’s the best offer you’ll ever get and you should take it. Sucks to be Digg…”

one man wrote on a hard forum post.

“Kevin Rose is a dumb a** for not selling at $200 Million when offered. Now Kevin Rose works for Google as a regular employee lol..

Karma surely is a b*tch.”

another man wrote.

But are these people correct to leave such negative press? Think, what if Mark Zuckerberg would have sold early on his first offer for Facebook?

Besides, keep it mind that it was in fact Google who ultimately remained uninterested in purchasing Digg long term.

Was LinkedIn Smart To Acquire SlideShare?

Slideshare, the most effective way to share professional documents and presentations across the web, has just recently been acquired by Linkedin for a hefty sum of one hundred and eighteen million dollars. Was this a good move? The largest proffesional network buying out the largest ‘professional slide sharing’ network?

one statistic worth noting may in fact have Linkedin competitors thinking they should have jumped on the slide share band wagon a bit earlier. Last March alone, SlideShare saw a total of twenty nine million unique visitors.

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner stated: “Presentations are one of the main ways in which professionals capture and share their experiences and knowledge, which in turn helps shape their professional identity.”

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Twitter Advertising In Brief

Twitter currently has a global user base of over one hundred million unique visitors. The company is worth over eight billion dollars and received over one forty million dollars in advertising revenue last year alone.

Twitter has been constantly searching for a way to generate more revenue through advertising and they may have just found their niche. Last November, the micro-blogging web service provider relayed ‘promoted tweets’ to ensure the twitter universe would you see their payed for tweet trend before all others.

The one hundred dollars in free advertising and service is currently only being offered to American Express Card Owners. Twitter will only be paid for their service if the network link receives a user generated response such as a re-tweet or an initial tweet.

This new service will allow advertisers and users to experience a brand new branch of Twitter never thought possible. You will be able to decide how much you want to spend and which city or cities you want your tweet to appear in as a way to target a certain audience.

This may not be a move big businesses will want to take due to the cost. Small Businesses however will be able to reap the rewards with the one hundred dollars in free advertising.