February 24th, 2011
Disney Acquires Children's Social Network Togetherville
Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney Co. has acquired Togetherville, a social network for elementary school age children.
The deal, the terms of which were not disclosed, was completed last Friday, said Togetherville CEO and founder Mandeep S. Dhillon.
Togetherville seeks to mimic the experiences of online social networks such as Facebook but in a way that’s protective of children under age 10 and can be monitored by parents. The site allows children to connect with their real-world friends in its virtual neighborhood.
“Togethervlle is very focused on trying to really reflect what the adult community has been doing on the Web and build a real online experience that adults enjoy for kids, but do it in a safe, COPA-complaint way,” said Dhillon, referring to the safeguards established by the Child Online Protection Act.