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Userplane Introduces New Presence Bar, Upgrades Popular Webmessenger Application

Jan 29, 2009

New Userplane Applications Designed to Further Social Interaction and User Engagement

SANTA MONICA, CA, January 29, 2009 – Userplane, the world's premier social software provider for online communities, today introduced the Userplane Presence Bar. This new lightweight application, designed to work in conjunction with Userplane Webmessenger, the company's popular instant messaging application, sits at the bottom of any web page and displays in real-time who is online and available for messaging.

This site-wide feature displays user presence on every page throughout a web site by way of a persistent presence bar that sits at the bottom of the site. Wherever the user is on the site he can receive instant notifications when users sign on and off, encouraging social interaction and user engagement.

"The Userplane Presence Bar provides a new way for sites to enhance the messaging experience for their users," said Darin Ohlandt, General Manager, Userplane. "With Presence Bar, a user is just one click away from seeing who's online and starting a conversation. We are excited to deliver this form of community interaction to users wherever they are on a site."

Userplane publishers can configure the Userplane Presence Bar to match their own site's look and feel. Additionally, developers can customize with enhanced capabilities or add new components to the Presence Bar for additional functionality.

In related news, sites using Userplane Webmessenger can allow users to sign in with their AIM screen name to see and chat with all of their Userplane and AIM buddies from one central user list. With the new Userplane Webmessenger, any user can combine their Userplane and AIM contact lists.

Userplane products can be white-labeled, offering customization options for unique business model and branding needs. Like all Userplane applications, Webmessenger gives web sites full administrative control and allows easy integration with existing authentication and member databases.

About Userplane
Userplane is the world's premier social software provider for online communities. The company's leading-edge applications enable instant communication, content and functionality for social networks – and support millions of users daily. Recently ranked as one of the 30 largest ad networks, Userplane offers a revenue-sharing solution that serves up half a billion impressions daily and reaches nearly 50M users monthly. A pioneer of the social web, Userplane was founded in 2001. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of AOL based in Santa Monica, California. Visit

Erin Gifford
AOL Corporate Communications (for Userplane)