Overview

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Status
Thoof has been closed
Total Equity Funding
$1M in 1 Round from 2 Investors
Headquarters:
Austin, TX
Description:
Thoof is an automated news recommender that displays articles based on users' past reading history.
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News
Website:
http://thoof.com

Company Details

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Founded:
December 1, 2006
Closed:
August 4, 2013
Employees:
None found in Crunchbase

Thoof is a late entry to the personalized/social news arena. As many Digg clones and alternative models are failing or have failed to take hold of a substantial user base, Thoof brings a slightly new take on getting your daily stories which it hopes will attract more than a niche audience. Thoof is an automated news recommender of sorts. It works similarly to many music recommendation engines such as Last.fm and Pandora, by displaying articles you might like based upon your past reading history. Readers submit articles in a Digg-like fashion, but don't vote to get the articles on the front page. Founder Ian Clarke, formerly of video site Revver, claims that with video as well as news, many people may read articles but few will vote on them. Clarke hints that the passivity of news and video consumption may ultimately weed out news aggregators that cannot automatically deliver customized news. However, Thoof users are allowed to edit the news by suggesting alternative links. If link changes are to stand they must get enough votes from the rest of the community. Thoof has many web 2.0 elements including article tagging, wiki features and aforementioned recommendation engine. It isn't an exact clone of any one social news site, but can be considered a competitor to sites like Digg, Netscape and Y Combinator company Reddit.

Funding Rounds (1) - $1M

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DateAmount / RoundValuationLead InvestorInvestors
Jun, 2007$1M / Seed2

Investors (2)

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Products (1)

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  • Thoof was launched in 2007

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Competitors (2)

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  • Last.fm is an online music catalogue providing users with personalized recommendations based on their taste in music.
  • Mixx is a user-driven social media site allowing users to submit or find content by peers based on interest and location.

Offices/Locations (1)

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  • Office

    Austin, TX

    USA

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