KnowEm was developed to assist everyone - from individuals to Fortune 500 companies - in discovering where their names, brands, or trademarked terms are available (or stolen) on Social Media networks. KnowEm will not only help you secure your name across the vast social media landscape but we can also show you how to contact each site in order to have the name released and returned to you.
Originally launched as a proof of concept in 2008 to and then as CheckUsernames.com in February 2009, KnowEm has always helped pioneer Social Media Brand Protection on the internet. On April 20th, 2009 KnowEm launched the world's first Social Media Brand Protection commercial service, and to date the KnowEm team has helped to reserve over 1,000,000 profiles and reported back to our clients over 250,000 issues of brand squatting and/or misrepresentation of a brand, username or trademarked term on Social Media. This is all done with our local employees in New Jersey; we are proud to be a company fully staffed in the United States with absolutely no dependance on offshore outsourcing. Since security is one of our primary concerns, none of our customers' sensitive information is sent overseas.
Since 2008 KnowEm has been tracking and monitoring hundreds of social media networks populated mostly with user-generated content. Our database of networks is updated frequently as new sites are launched and our staff reviews them for quality. We track multiple metrics on these sites to determine which networks are gaining (or losing) traction in the world of social media. By using and storing these metrics we watch for patterns and spikes in traffic and popularity.
KnowEm also constantly updates and adds new sites to our vast database of social sites. The next Pinterest, Instagram or Twitter is already out there or could be coming soon - do you know which one it will be? KnowEm offers a subscription service (our Brand Protection Program) to ensure that you and your brand will not have to worry about it. As new sites emerge we will make sure that your flag is already planted and you will not have to worry about dealing with a squatter or someone who is misrepresenting your social media identity.
Our Company, KnowEm LLC
Barry is the dedicated force behind KnowEm.com, and he lives and breathes the code. He has been developing startups and building internet properties since 1997.
Paige Craig is a former Marine and intelligence expert, founder of Lincoln Group and active angel investor and advisor to startups.
Robert Siciliano is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds.
Michael was with KnowEm since we launched the original CheckUsernames site in 2008, but left full-time status with the company in 2014.
Sarah Evans (@prsarahevans) is the owner of Sevans Strategy, a public relations and new media consultancy. She created and moderates #Journchat, the first-ever weekly live tweetchat for public relations professionals, journalists and bloggers, and she runs her own blog at PRsarahevans.com.
Brian Solis is the principal of FutureWorks, an online PR/communications firm he founded in 1999. In 2008 Solis was listed by the San Jose Business Journal as one of "Silicon Valley's 40 Under 40."
Matthew Inman (aka Oatmeal) designed KnowEm's website and search interface and helps advise us on new design elements for the site.