|The OSN team celebrating the merger|
Today we're announcing some very special news...We're branching out! We're going where we haven't gone before; we're growing and sowing the seeds to connect families in every single country around the world.
We're delighted to let you know that we've now joined up with German family networking group OSN (Online Social Networking GmbH). It's great news for everybody as we will be integrating both platforms to offer new features to everyone and the combined database becomes even better in connecting you with relatives or ancestors. We'll now have a whopping 47 million users worldwide.
|The MyHeritage.com team|
It's a great combination really, as not only will we join up with ten market-leading family sites, we'll also be getting some new colleagues from OSN who will bring us the creative and innovative spirit that characterises the group. Together, we can better help you bridge gaps of geography, language and time and make your online family life easier and more enjoyable!
The really good news for you is that with this formidable user base get more Smart Matches that help you find long lost relatives. With 530 million genealogical profiles you’ll be able to further your research conclusively and connect with more relatives online. And it's important to us to mention again that you can do so privately and securely.
The joining together of these sites makes it easier to build, map and expand your family connections across the world. We call all of those relationships together the family graph. Imagine a virtual map of all family relationships that spans the globe. Thus we're working towards becoming even more reflective of your family life, whether it is past or present.
And we'll be adding some new features on our site that were already available on the OSN sites. The first addition that you'll undoubtedly enjoy is the family crest builder, which helps you design, build and integrate a coat of arms on your site.
The OSN websites, Verwandt in Germany, or Dynastree as it is known in the US and the UK, have been among the fastest growing social networks in the past two years. Its founders Daniel Grözinger and Sven Schmidt know a lot about successful Internet enterprises, having been involved in online ticketing services (getgo.de), the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2006 Ticketing Center and dialo.de, a portal for yellow pages.
|Verwandt.de founders Daniel Grözinger, Sven Schmidt|
The eleven million users that are joining us are from European countries such as Germany, Poland and the Netherlands as well as Latin American countries such as Brazil. The users of these sites and their local versions have been told about the news and we're in the process of helping them to continue building their family trees on MyHeritage.com. We'll ensure their trees are safe so they are able take their research further privately and securely. Users will be able to access their tree on both platforms for the coming months.
Rests us to ask that you'll join us in greeting them. And to all our new users:
Welcome to the family!
If you'd like to find out more about this news, have a look at the press release, check out the blogs of dynastree or verwandt, get in touch with us or come speak to us in person – in one of our offices in London, UK, Hamburg, DE or Tel Aviv, IL or at an upcoming event like 'Who do you think you are LIVE' in London or the 'Genealogy Jamboree' in California.
|Have a look here to see how our features fit together!|