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This article was published on June 24, 2008


    Yoono gets €2.6 million for attracting more users

    Yoono gets €2.6 million for attracting more users
    Ernst-Jan Pfauth
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    Ernst-Jan Pfauth

    Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He a Ernst-Jan Pfauth is the former Editor in Chief of Internet at NRC Handelsblad, as well as an acclaimed technology author and columnist. He also served as The Next Web’s blog’s first blogger and Editor in Chief, back in 2008. At De Correspondent, Ernst-Jan serves as publisher, fostering the expansion of the platform.

    Yoono, often referred to as the French Flock, closed a round of funding, led by AGF Private Equity. The score? €2.6 million. The goals? Attracting more users and offering more widgets. Competition is tough, as Flock and Minggl in general terms offer the same service: a social browser experience. Here are the latest numbers on their battle:

    Yoono, Minggle, and Flock

    Of course, the real deal is the number of downloads. According to Firefox add-ons Yoono has 13,885 weekly downloads (1,354,484 in total). There are numbers available about Flock and Minggle. But these traffic stats give an idea of Yoono’s challenge: take over Flock.

    Yoono just got started, and when in private beta – Jason Kincaid from TechCrunch predicted that Yoono would success in its mission to become the most important social browser experience tool – as you don’t have to download a new browser (like Flock requires). A few weeks after that enthusiastic review, Yoono opened its gates to the public.

    Yoono’s new sidebar has some new features like, filtering friends into groups, upload pictures and poke to Facebook, send Twitter messages, comment on Friendfeed, comment on Flickr pictures, browse Digg video, chat via Gtalk, and use MySpace.