animeOnline 2.0? FUNi Plans Social Network

Topic started by gia on June 4, 2009. Last post by Kiriska 5 years, 2 months ago.
Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
Many of you know that I previously worked for FUNimation parent company Navarre Corporation's animeOnline.com during its brief existence back in 2007. I'd always heard along the grapevine they were considering using the domain again, but never actually seen anything come of it.

Now ICv2 has an interview with Navarre CEO Cary Deacon, who manages to avoid saying anything about FUNimation's recent video problems while still talking about the company's video portal:

“This new video portal (that’s up and running right now on Funimation.com) has had significant impact on views and sales on the digital side,” Deacon said this week. “Quite frankly, we think the whole video portal combined with the social network will be a paradigm shift for Funimation over the next 18 months and drive our digital sales.”


Word is that a “full beta release” of the new social networking site is going to be launched within the next 60 days. Though I don't actually know whether they would reuse the animeOnline.com domain, which has sat unloved since the original site's demise. Either way I hope they use better software than they did before! Should be very interesting.

Also noted in the interview: FUNimation has renewed its Dragon Ball license for the next five years, surprisingly approximately no one.
Post by Kiriska (112 posts) See mini bio Level 2
Interesting. I'm not sure if I can take anymore of this social networking thing though. It's exhausting. XD
Post by Niko (865 posts) See mini bio Level 8
They renewed Dragon Ball?! I did not see that coming.

Are they really going to try and make a full-on social networking system? I also question the need of even more. Also, to save the hassle of designing and maintaining one, I would think a deal with Facebook or MySpace may be more appropriate. 
Post by ethan (887 posts) See mini bio Level 15
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There is always need for "more".  Competition is what makes sites better, otherwise companies get lazy.
Post by Void_Wizard (735 posts) See mini bio Level 9
I plan to jump into the Funi social network since I relish the chance to meet new people...
Post by ganchan (77 posts) See mini bio Level 1

What I want to know is, when is there going to be some antisocial networking?

Post by gia (3,032 posts) See mini bio Level 13
@ganchan: I think they call that "MMORPGs."
Post by HeeroYuy (1,210 posts) See mini bio Level 12
Hmmm.... so what exactly would a "social network" such as theirs include I wonder... well in any case, hopefully it won't be as unintelligible as many of the comments they get on their articles *shudders*
Post by Void_Wizard (735 posts) See mini bio Level 9
HeeroYuy said:
Hmmm.... so what exactly would a "social network" such as theirs include I wonder... well in any case, hopefully it ... [more]
I like the comments they get that only have an emoticon in it and nothing else.
Post by Kuro (559 posts) See mini bio Level 5
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Post by Kiriska (112 posts) See mini bio Level 2
Well, at the very least, I hope they don't throw super juvenile-sounding copy all over their social networking like Tokyopop did...
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