Monday, March 30, 2009

Press Release - Public Beta Launch

YouCity Inc announces launch of next generation hyper local social network website based on a unique 3D virtual New York City platform at the 2009 Web 2.0 Expo

Company to Unveil Its public beta site in San Francisco this week

SAN FRANCISCO & CHICAGO, March 30, 2009 /Business Wire/ - YouCity Inc, a global leader in developing premium quality large scale 3D city map and highly interactive and user-friendly consumer-based virtual reality applications, today announced the company will be launching the open beta of its local-community focused social network website built on an immersive and interactive 3D virtual reality platform at the Web 2.0 Expo San Francisco, March 31 - April 3, 2009. YouCity.com helps users connect with local people sharing the same interests, and discover the city hotspots and exciting local events through the eyes of their friends or people they trust on a fun 3D city map.

“Our visually stunning 3D city map is nothing like you have seen before. Our goal is to develop a highly interactive and engaging information platform based on our 3D city map to help users connect with local friends and places or exciting events happening around them,” said Bin Li, COO and co-founder of YouCity. “Our focus is on people, and persistent user identity built through difference activities users have on our site, such as reviews, comments, personal maps, event attended, and social games participated, etc. so that you know each user as ”a person” before you make a decision on whether to trust his/her reviews on local businesses/events or not, rather than some random guys who just show up and post a review on a website. We all have heard the stories of false negative reviews posted by the hired reviewers on sites like Yelp because the reviewers can hide behind the animosity. Well, it will be very difficult to do that on our site because of our persistent user identity.”

“We are excited to launch various new features for our site this week,” added by Mr. Li. “one of them is the supper easy-to-use embeddable map feature that allows users to add cool YouCity 3D maps (such as a building, a business, an event or a MyMap) to their blog or website by just copying and pasting a snippet of HTML. No programming skills are required whatsoever. You will find this feature very useful in many ways. For example, you can now write about your favorite local clubs and embed a 3D map of the location in the blog post itself, or update your personal websites by publishing YouCity 3D maps of geotagged vacation photos. In addition, business owners can now add a 3D map of their business to its website to showcase its great location and nice neighborhood.”

Embedded Map Example 1: "It's gonna be great music! Can't wait!"


Embedded Map Example 2: "See my photos with Kate and Aaron in Central Park today"


YouCity co-founder Su Zhang, CEO, and Bin Li, COO, will be in San Francisco and available for interviews throughout the Web 2.0 Expo, March 31 - April 3. Please contact Bin Li at binli@youcity.com, if interested in scheduling a meeting at the show, or stop by YouCity’s exhibit booth.

About YouCity Inc.

YouCity Inc. is a leading technology company headquartered in Chicago (IL), with offices in Beijing and Hangzhou (China). It has a strong team of talented software engineers and creative professionals specializing in 3D modeling and mapping, local search and web development. Its flagship product, YouCity.com, combines real-life neighborhood context (places and activities) with social context (people) to provide the first true integration of online social networks with local geography. It creates online neighborhoods that not only mirror every corner of the real world we live in but also change the real world and benefit people's everyday life through revolutionizing the way people creating and sharing local information and interacting with each other and places around them.

To learn more about YouCity visit: www.youcity.com, or
http://www.youcity.com/index.html for our 3D city and map service offerings.
To read YouCity official blogs and news announcements visit: http://www.youcity3d.blogspot.com

Contact:
Bin Li, 224-766-9893
Email: binli@youcity.com

2 comments:

  1. Very interesting idea and concept. I believe that this one will go very far! Its interactive, has "interest" while adding reality and colorful excitement to a page or blog!

    Very cool i look forward to learning more about it and youcity!

    Best to you!

    Karin Hiebert

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