KnowEm’s 1 Year Anniversary; Relaunches CheckUserNames

April 20, 2010 · Filed Under Announcements, KnowEm News · Comments Off on KnowEm’s 1 Year Anniversary; Relaunches CheckUserNames 

Today marks the one year anniversary of KnowEm‘s public launch and we could not be any happier with how much success we’ve enjoyed during our first year in business.  We also thought it might be fun to celebrate our birthday by relaunching the original social media name checking service which started it all, CheckUserNames.com.

How It Started

KnowEm started as a service that would claim your username, trademark, brand or identity on 120 social media sites.  Almost instantly we were contacted by companies who were looking for a more robust service that would also fill out all complete profile information and continue doing so on an ongoing basis as new social media sites were released.

As an answer to this business need, on May 15th 2009 we launched our beta Enterprise Dashboard.  As of today, we’ve been able to use this dashboard to help our clients (ranging from local businesses to the Fortune 500) secure over 500,000 profiles as well as detect over 30,000 cases of brand squatting or trademark infringement. We’re extremely proud to report that all this work  has been completed by our local in-house staff.  Since security and privacy are our biggest concerns at KnowEm, we will never trust your sensitive data to any 3rd party, and none of our work is outsourced to offshore labor.

Last May we also met our primary Business Advisor, Paige Craig, who seemed like a perfect match to join our board.  Paige is an Angel investor out of the Los Angeles area who truly knows his way around a startup. Brian Solis also joined around the same time as a business advisor and PR advisor.

In October we decided to take the business a step further, so we relaunched KnowEm offering some of the services that our dashboard clients had been using all year.  We were also happy when Matt Inman decided to work with us and come on board as our creative director and give our site an excellent new interface.

It was around this time we were introduced to Robert Siciliano, and invited him to join us as a board member.  Robert is nationally recognized as an expert in identity theft, so he seemed to be a perfect fit to make sure that our order processing was as secure as possible and that our users were not at risk for identity theft.

Since the new year began, the last 3 months have been very hectic; we acquired another site, we were selected out of 200+ finalists for the SXSW Business Accelerator, and we have formed some new amazing and unique partnerships (you’ll hear more about those in the next few weeks).

We just want to say thanks to everyone who made this first year a great one!

What Happened?

April 14, 2009 · Filed Under Announcements, KnowEm News · 1 Comment 

Welcome to Knowem.com – originally known as “CheckUsernames.com”.

We still have the same team working on the site, same code and same great ideas. We just felt a little boxed in with using the CheckUsernames.com domain. We have a lot of plans for this site and we are happy to announce our first two large improvements / updates.

We launched CheckUsernames.com 2 days after Jon Sikes took down the original site (UsernameCheck.com), we spoke to Jon and he was impressed with what we had done, so he listed our site first on his clones list page. At that time we checked over 80 different sites for user name availability. We shortly after pushed the number up to 104 – Now we are happy to announce we monitor a grand total of 120 different sites.

Unlike some of the competition that has came out we do not kick false positives or negatives and actually give a damn about the site and what we are trying to do with it. (not just slap pictures of ourselves on the homepage for a quick ego boost)

Now onto the good stuff, the new premium services that we are offering.

Sign up done on all 120 sites.

Yes, that’s right, we can sign you up on all 120 sites.

We launched this feature into a private beta on Monday April 13th to some of our friends in the SEM/SEO industry and the response we got was tremendous! So we are now officially releasing it to the general public. Starting at the low cost of $69.95 our team will actually sign you up and create accounts on social networks. We are not automating this process because we do not want to violate any of the terms of service of the sites that are being signed up for.

Subscription Sign up Service

While doing research and getting emails from hundreds of site owners we have compiled a list of over 2000 sites that allow you to have a profile and a user name. For a low monthly fee of $50 (per user name) we will sign you up for a minimum of 10 new sites a month. To learn more about this service check out our FAQ our signup for our subscription service – its what we are most excited about.

So that is what we have been up to, we have some more stuff in the works, but we can’t talk about it yet 🙂

The Knowem.com Team
Knowem.com / CheckUsernames.com
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