BlackPlanet: about social networks series

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BlackPlanet logoBlackPlanet is an African-American social networking service for matchmaking and job postings; it also has forums for discussion on political and social issues.

BlackPlanet was launched on September 1, 2001 by Omar Wasow, an Internet analyst, who in 2001 was running "New York Online", a pre-web community he started in 1993 from his living room in Brooklyn. It was the brainchild of Wasow and Community Connect's CEO Benjamin Sun.

The most popular forums were Current Events, Heritage & Identity, Relationships, Religion & Spirituality, and Women. Wasow says BlackPlanet's home-grown software allows users to move between personal pages, to dating, chat, and message boards, focusing on connecting people, rather than feeding them content.

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