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Closed Date5/2012

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Websiteeons.com
Twitter@EonsTweets
CategorySocial Networking
Phone(617) 886-5400
Employees
Founded2005

Offices

Boston, USA
31 5th Street
Boston, MA, 02129
USA

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Founder & CEO
President & COO
VP of Sales
Senior VP of Strategic Development & Marketin
General Manager of Obits
Controller

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Tributes.com 2/2008

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Eons Closed down May 17, 2012

Eons

Eons is a social network targeted for people over 50 years old (US residents only). As of Late January, Eons is open to all ages 13 and older. The Sequoia-backed company was started by Monster.com founder Jeff Taylor.

In September of 2007, Eons shed 24 staff members and another 12 employees “voluntarily” left. As Duncan Riley wrote, “Apparently old people aren’t dying to use Eons.”

BOOMj is another social network targeting seniors.

…june 3, 2012… To our Eons members,

We know many you have all been waiting patiently for news on the future of the site. As a team, we have been working to resolve the business issues with our service provider. We have negotiated in good faith to restore the site and move forward. Unfortunately our provider is demanding a financial commitment that we cannot make at this time. We are at an impasse. While we have worked behind the scenes to try to come up with an alternative to get the site restored, none of those have worked out either. For the foreseeable future, the site will remain down.

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Websiteeons.com
Tags 50, old, people, social-networking

Eons is split into 9 section - People, Fun, Love, Money, Body, Lifepath, Obits, Games and Travel. The site really has a lot going on (maybe too much). It has Digg-like news sections, blogs, a social network, obituaries, games, financial advice and more. We’re not sure what to call it, but we’ll stick with “social network” for now. The company says it’s “all about celebrating life on the flipside of 50.”

We find it a little strange that they display the Obits and Games links right next to each other. But hey, when you get bored playing your favorite game, just click the next link over and you can see which of your friends have died recently!

The site is free to use, but features ads from places like funeral homes, medicare and netflix (?).

As Michael Arrington wrote, “It’s too much to throw at people at once, and this age group is perfectly capable of using Yahoo for a portal, Vox for a blogging platform, etc. I would have started out with just the Myspace angle and added functionality from there as users grew, a model that has worked well for many other startups. Do one thing better than everyone else.”

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  1. Dow Jones-Backed Tributes.com Raises $1.2 Million In Second Round (paidcontent.org) [edit]
  2. eons.com [edit]
  3. sanjose.bizjournals.com [edit]
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