Amsterdam-based start-up Soocial has been acquired by Paris-based professional social network Viadeo. Soocial is an online synchronization and address book tool that was founded in 2007 by Stefan Fountain and Daniel Spronk. The service has over 120.000 users of which more than 3000 are paying users. All Soocial services will continue independently for now for its 120.000 customer base.
The team will stay in Amsterdam and become an independent business unit as part of the bigger story of Viadeo, but Soocial will have more resources to make cool stuff in the future. Contact Management is a key feature for professional networks and Soocial will be aiming to provide amazing added value to users of Viadeo.
The Soocial website will remain fully operational and independent for the foreseeable future and it's members will continue to enjoy all the address book magic that Soocial provides. Over time both services will be further integrated and Soocial will be posting regular updates about the progress and users will be notified accordingly and timely of relevant changes as they are scheduled in the months to come.
Paid subscribers of Soocial will continue to get the service they've subscribed for and on top of that Soocial's plan is to make sure they get all the cool things as premium members in Viadeo. The Soocial accounts and their corresponding data will remain to be guarded with the same vigor Soocial users are used to. For the immediate term nothing will change to the data but eventually after the full integration is done Soocial accounts will be changed into Viadeo accounts and your data will be migrated seamlessly into the Viadeo service.
The Soocial Terms of Service
Viadeo is a professional social network with over 40 million members. Viadeo is used by those who want to:
- Increase their business opportunities (to discover new clients, staff and business partners)
- Enhance their visibility and their online reputation
- Manage and develop their network of professional contacts.
Viadeo’s members consist of business owners, entrepreneurs and managers from a diverse range of businesses both start-up and well-established. Every day Viadeo attracts more than 30,000 new members; 150,000 new connections are made and over 3 million profiles are viewed.
Based in Paris (head office), Viadeo also has offices and teams in the UK (London), US (San Francisco), Spain (Madrid and Barcelona), Italy (Milan), China (Beijing), India (New Delhi), Mexico (Mexico City) and Senegal (Dakar). The company employs 310 staff worldwide.