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GoAdv Acquires Italy's Top Blog Network Blogosfere

Blogosfere, launched in 2005, now counts more than 210 professional blogs across its network

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GoAdv, one of Europe's fastest growing digital media companies (http://www.goadv.com), has acquired Italy's top blog network as part of its worldwide growth strategy.

Blogosfere, launched in 2005, now counts more than 210 professional blogs across its network and has a user base of over 3 million* (http://www.blogosfere.it)

Complementing GoAdv's vision for expansion, Blogosfere fits perfectly inside the Group's core media brands of specialized vertical websites delivering high quality editorial to passionate communities. As one of Italy's most notable professional blog networks, Blogosfere counts many of the country's most read and commented blogs in its portfolio and covers a diverse range of subjects including news, economy, culture, sport and entertainment.

With over 150 collaborators, the Blogosfere network has consistently attracted some of Italy's most respected experts in their fields who write about subjects they are passionate about. The high profile of the bloggers, frequently interviewed and cited in both on and offline media across the country, has contributed to the fast growing success of the network.

As part of GoAdv's continued growth strategy, the blog network will undergo significant enhancements, such as social network integration (Twitter, Facebook) and the expansion of its content offering to include more engaging video content - a main objective for all the media brands within the GoAdv Group, including Excite Europe, for 2010.

Blogosfere's monetization strategy will also undergo enhancements, with the addition of contextual advertising a main focus to increase ROI for advertisers and provide a better user experience through advertising specific to the content offered on each vertical blog.

Luca Ascani, Chairman, GoAdv Group, comments, "We are delighted to add Blogosfere to our portfolio of media brands. The blog network represents a significant move forward for the Group's continued growth strategy in Europe and provides an exciting opportunity to further expand the quality content already being enjoyed by the growing audience that the network attracts."

As professional blog networks continue to mature, the acquisition provides GoAdv with key growth potential in the Italian market. Technorati's 2009 State of the Blogosphere report highlights that, "Professional bloggers grow more prolific, and influential, every year. Twitter and other social media represent one of the most important trends affecting the Blogosphere this year. The blogosphere is also further insinuating itself into the traditional media's historic turf...with more areas of involvement, and more ways to tell the story, the blogosphere is only getting stronger."

Salvatore Esposito, CEO, GoAdv Group, said "The Blogosfere network strengthens our portfolio of media brands considerably. It also adds an experienced and dedicated team of writers and experts to our growing team of international employees and we warmly welcome them into the GoAdv Group." Blogosfere will maintain its headquarters and team in Milan following the acquisition by the GoAdv Group.

The extensive expertise in GoAdv's technical team of past successful integrations, including Excite Europe, ensures that the transition period will run smoothly. "We look forward to seeing the Blogosfere network flourish under the guidance of the GoAdv Group" comments Silvio De Rossi, Head of Production, Blogosfere. "There is huge potential for expansion and product enhancements by the experienced, international team dedicated to digital content and we wish the network great success in the future."

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Fuat Kircaali is the founder and chairman of SYS-CON Media, Cloud Expo, Inc. and Ulitzer, Inc.

Kircaali came to the United States from Zurich University, Switzerland in 1984 while studying for his PhD, to design computer systems for SH-2G submarine hunter helicopters for the U.S. Navy. He later worked at IBM's IS&CG Headquarters as a market research analyst under Mike Armstrong's leadership, an IBM executive who later ran IBM Europe and AT&T; and Fuat was the Director of Information Systems for UWCC, reporting to CEO Steve Silk (later Hebrew National CEO), one of the top marketing geniuses of the past two decades.

Kircaali founded SYS-CON Media in 1994, a privately held tech media company with sales exceeding $100 million. SYS-CON Media was listed twice by Inc 500 and Deloitte and Touche as one of the fastest-growing companies in North America. Kircaali launched Ulitzer, Inc., a revolutionary "new media" start-up in mid 2009.

Fuat completed Bogazici University Business Administration program in 1982 with a Bachelor's Degree. He was one of 50 students accepted to the program out of over 1 million high school graduates that year.

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