Slovakia-based Geesee unveiled in public beta less than an hour ago. Geesee enables publishers to embed chatrooms onto their blogs and websites and let their audience communicate directly with each other in real time. Additionally, they provide a centralized directory and enable creators to tag their chatrooms, which are then accessible through that way.
Geesee was founded by Milan Zigmond and Roman Pohancenik, both former designers based in Nitra, Slovakia. The startup currently has 6 ‘external’ employees and has taken funding by three local angels in its initial seed round, raising the bare sum of $50,000.
The service is basically divided into three sections. For publishers, who want to integrate the service onto their site or blog, advertisers, who want to advertise on these, and actual users who want to find a suitable chatroom to talk and discuss.
Although it may seem so, the idea behind Geesee isn’t new. Services like 3Bubbles and to an extent Gabbly and Itzle have been amongst the first ones to grasp the concept, but being the first doesn’t necessarily mean being the best. Geesee does a reasonably good job of providing a usable interface (see integrated chat below), even better than some of these.
In the end though, the future of these kind of services looks a bit shaky to me. Unless you’re able to integrate something like this into MySpace and other social networks, there’s no way it’s going to reach the masses. Also, what’s the use? I can see where something like this might fit the needs of publishers, by which I mean bloggers and website owners, but definitely not teenagers and emos — or truth be told MySpace’s typical audience. In any case, it does very well as something you’d want to use for a bit of fun.
Geesee – free live chat for your website.
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