|Industry:||Internet domains wiki directory|
|Founded:||Portland, Oregon, USA in 9 May 2006|
|Headquarters:||107 SE Washington Street, |
|Ray King, CEO|
Ward Cunnigham, CTO
AboutUs is a wiki directory of Internet domains. AboutUs lists domains and information about their content. Most of the content is generated automatically by web bots but information can be corrected by visitors when mistakes are spotted and/or they have something to add. If someones searches for information regarding a domain which is not already listed on AboutUs, then the website creates an automatic page of that domain with information that it manages to gather automatically. Owners of a domain can create an account and edit the page if it lacks or does not offer correct information. If the page is edited correctly, AboutUs rewards their efforts with a do-follow link to their website after it has been reviewed. Currently, AboutUs is a Page Rank 6 website.
AboutUs describes themselves as being "a wiki for and about businesses, organizations, blogs, forums, and really anything or anyone that has a website.".
AboutUs was founded in 2005 but the actual website was created in 2006 by a group consisting of only five people from Portland, Oregon in the United States of America. Ray King, Paul Stahura and Jay Westerdal were the people to come up with the idea. The actual launch date of the AboutUs website was May 9, 2006.
AboutUs has enjoyed substantial growth since it's initial launch. Their success was acknowledged by other important people in the business, as Ward Cunningham, the developer of WikiWikiWeb (which was the first wiki in the world) who joined the team of AboutUs in 2007 in the position of CTO (Chief Technology Officer).
Finances of AboutUs
The initial financing of one million dollars ended in November 2006 .
AboutUs also managed to bring the total amount of financing to five million dollars funding with a Series A event lead by Voyager Capital in January 2009 .
Features of AboutUs
Do-follow (following links) for fully documented pages (edited by the owner of the website, reviewed by AboutUs).
Site Metrics for viewing the visibility of a website in search engines and social websites
Online Visibility Audit which is a tool that AboutUs considers as being useful for website owners as it helps them see their website as it is seen by the search engines and visitors, thus being able to spot mistakes.
Content and popularity
A big part of the data found on AboutUs was created by a bot (web robot). The rest of the data found on AboutUs comes from searches and edits done by visitors (by doing this, the web robot is directed to that certain address to collect data). Most of the pages contain information taken from the "About us" or "About me" page of a website, including self promotional text and information about that website.
One of the reasons for the success of AboutUs is considered as being the fact that promotional texts are allowed to be posted for each website. Thus, a domain owner can edit the page of his website found on AboutUs with promotional information without any sanctions. AboutUs actually encourages website owners to complete/edit the information about their domains with either commercial or noncommercial information.
In July 2008 AboutUs attracted about 1.4 million visitors from the United States. The record of unique visitors for a month was set in November 2009 when AboutUs was visited by a total of 1,677,937 people . As of March 2008, AboutUs contains over ten million listed domains, with an average growth rate of about twenty-five thousand new listings daily. As of August 28, 2009 AboutUs has a total of 15,248,689 pages.
The Whois service of several websites now has references to AboutUs, excluding the usual history, domain ownership and server information. The most notable whois services that reference to AboutUs include Register.com , Network Solutions and Domain Tools .
- AboutUs: A wiki about every website article written in TechCrunch by Marshall Kirkpatrick