Friday, March 12, 2010

iWiW - Hungary

With registration on an invite-only basis, iWiW stands for International Who Is Who. Bearing all the common characteristics of a social networking web-based service setting its roots in Hungary, it quickly escalated to a point of more than 4 million users, which is almost the entire internet population of the country. After a brief period of multilingual interface, iWiW reverted back to Hungarian-only. Registration requires real names and users can provide personal information, such as date of birth, place of residence, interests, pets, workplaces, schools and universities they attended, various listings, and upload photos. People can keep in touch with their friends and acquaintances and connect with new ones through a search tool. In addition to that, the website provides a special java applet to better visualize the connections structure. Since the acquisition of iWiW by a Hungarian telco giant, and over concerns of privacy misuse, several other iWiW clones have gained popularity.

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