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Baltimore-based Urban Communications has added a third entity to its portfolio, with the acquisition of African American social network Nigg…

Baltimore-based Urban Communications has added a third entity to its portfolio, with the acquisition of African American social network NiggaSpace.com. Financials were not disclosed. NiggaSpace.com, which *Google* Analytics says garnered 7,000,000 visits in 2007, says it now aims to better its technology with enhanced content filters and privacy controls. Launched in 2008, Urban Communications also recently launched social net OurSpace.com for “historically black college and university students,” and online magazine BlackPower.com. Release.

NiggaSpace.com and OurSpace.com join a crowded space which includes *IAC*’s RushmoreDrive.com and WaPo’s TheRoot, as well as niche ad networks from BET and Glam Media.

  1. No space is too crowded right now. All the current players will probably be gone in a few years

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  2. How could you put The Root and the Washington Post in the same space as N*ggaspace? I don't get it.

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  3. Let me try that again… How could you put The Root and Rushmore drive in the same space as N*ggaspace?

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  4. Amanda Natividad Wednesday, October 8, 2008

    TheRoot is a news and commentary site that offers genealogy tools, while
    RushmoreDrive is a search and jobs site. The idea I was conveying here is
    that NSpace and OurSpace.com are geared towards the same niche as the aforementioned sites — however, all four do foster interactivity.

    Thanks for your comment, Markus, it's much appreciated.

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  5. This is an unfortunate post. If you don't understand the space please don't make the mistake of making a blanket asinine statement like:

    "…join a crowded space which includes IAC’s RushmoreDrive.com and WaPo’s TheRoot, as well as niche ad networks from BET and Glam Media."

    No intentional plug here, but at Black Web 2.0 we cover this space and recognize the clear differences between start-ups like Urban Communications and big brands and large media backed companies such as BET and theRoot. Not really sure how you all missed that. This is a clear example of just trying to get content out without thought. Hopefully you all can improve on this especially since black web properties struggle to compete with mainstream coverage on similar sites like Paid Content and how they service the web industry in general.

    Angela Benton
    Founder/Publisher
    Black Web 2.0

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  6. Staci D. Kramer Thursday, October 9, 2008

    Angela, I edited that post and take full responsibility for it. We weren't trying to compare sites or judge their merit or provide a directory. You may not like the thought that went into it but what we were trying to point out is the amount of competition from a variety of levels, including start-ups. It is an increasingly crowded space. Thanks for taking the time to write.

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  7. Thanks for responding Staci. You are right there is more competition but it is hardly crowded. If we take race away from the equation and look at the type of plays in this space you will see that, lets just use the examples in the article to keep it consistent:

    BET is actually BET Interactive, and a general ad network play
    Black Life from Glam Media, is women's center not general (though they say they aren't since they are attached to the Glam brand that may be a hard sell to publishers that don't have women related sites)
    theRoot, is commentary by highly educated individuals – very smart articles
    RushmoreDrive is a search engine

    So you see, looking at it from a broad race perspective yes it looks like the space is crowded however looking at it from a race agnostic perceptive it isn't.

    Also if you are interested there is an update to this story that was leaked exclusively to Black Web 2.0: http://www.blackweb20.com/2008/10/08/nggaspacecom-acquisition-not-so-stupid-afterall/

    I don't mean to hijack, I could go on and on about this subject :)

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  8. I am not sure if your office is aware of the fact that the original owner of Niggaspace dat com is also the owner of Holla dat US.
    These sites also carry the name, NiggaCrib dat com, Urbanfaces dat com and Niggerplace dat net. These sites were put together with the same mindset, same concept, and share the same group of people. Back on December 11, 2006, Tyrone simply made a replicate of the database and relaunched Niggaspace under a different name.
    Please read the article by clicking on this link below and there are many more.

    Therefore, regardless of the faith of Niggaspace dat com, there is still going to be Niggaspace but just with a different look. Actually, I think Urban Communication should be able to sue Tyrone for breach of contract.

    Thanks

    Marina Wilson.

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  9. I am not sure if your office is aware of the fact that the original owner of Niggaspace dat com is also the owner of Holla dat US.
    These sites also carry the name, NiggaCrib dat com, Urbanfaces dat com and Niggerplace dat net. These sites were put together with the same mindset, same concept, and share the same group of people. Back on December 11, 2006, Tyrone simply made a replicate of the database and relaunched Niggaspace under a different name.
    Please read the article by clicking on this link below and there are many more.
    http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/new_media/update_niggaspace_to_relaunch_as_holla_49089.asp

    Therefore, regardless of the faith of Niggaspace dat com, there is still going to be Niggaspace but just with a different look. Actually, I think Urban Communication should be able to sue Tyrone for breach of contract.
    Thanks

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