AMSTERDAM, March 8 /CNW/ - ZOOOF.COM, a leading online genealogy service
and social networking website announces the launch of its family trees
website, available in 35 languages.
Built on the theory of "six degrees" of separation, in which all
individuals are supposedly connected to one another in some way by no more
than "six degrees" of relationships, ZOOOF.COM is striving to break down
cultural and political barriers to show the connections.
Following a successful 'invitation-only' trial period, ZOOOF.COM is now
open to all. Anyone can join and in true viral fashion, individuals have the
opportunity to build their family trees online adding other family members.
Each member creates a profile and can build upon the effort created by the
family's 'founder', extending the family to other families and geographies.
Jean-Paul Busker, CEO, ZOOOF.COM, commented, "Our goal is to bring people
closer together through family and show how closely related they are to
others, including celebrities, heroes and royalty. The internet has enabled
the interactive family tree to become a reality."
ZOOOF members can also discover, expand and maintain family ties in a
wide variety of ways: by tracing their ancestry, building a contemporary
interactive family tree, inviting family members to a private environment,
chatting, mailing, sharing, and writing a biography, and immortalizing their
Over the coming months, ZOOOF.COM plans to introduce several new features
and tools, including the option of uploading genealogy files and continued
improvement of its current Web-based software. It already has an interactive
game, 'ZOOOF Explorers', in which players hand flags to other members around
the world to generate points, spreading ZOOOF's message of "we're all one big
Notes to Editors
Co-founder Jean-Paul Busker came up with the idea for ZOOOF.COM in 2005
when he decided he wanted to start his own modern art project with the goal of
uniting the world via 12 family "levels." At the time he was an art gallery
owner in Amsterdam allowing people to vote on the Internet to decide what
works they wanted to see in the physical gallery.
Fascinated about a story he'd heard about Six Degrees he began to wonder
about the 'real degrees' of life and started ZOOOF as an art project with
co-founder Stefan Leenen, a computer science student.
For further information:
For further information: Jean-Paul Busker, CEO, ZOOOF.COM, Telephone:
+31-20-6208888, Mobile: +31-6-52416251, jpbusker@ZOOOF.COM