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Congoo Launches Social Networking for Business Verticals

Congoo (, a free premium news and information network, announced the launch of several free social networking features for professionals. For the first time, Congoo members can decide the importance and order of news stories within each of Congoo’s industry channels by ranking a story’s placement on the page higher or lower. The company said that, by allowing members to rank stories, each industry channel will directly reflect the sentiments of the professionals that participate.

In addition to ranking stories, Congoo members can now create a detailed professional profile including images, work history, education, and career experience. Members’ profiles can then gain exposure to professional users within relevant industry news channels. Congoo makes it easy for members to invite contacts and references to join the professional network and to find and communicate with other professionals. (Users will be limited on the number of emails they can send to others per month.) The combination of access to real-time news and the ability to connect with professionals from specific industries is designed to provide members with a sense of connection with each member’s industry.

Congoo provides articles from more than 25,000 news sources (newsfeeds are provided by Moreover), of which about 300 are premium content/subscription sites. Software algorithms then rank the articles into about 500 predetermined categories—and now members can manipulate the rankings. A freely downloadable NetPass toolbar lets users access a limited number of premium articles for free from Congoo’s partner sites. For more information, see the NewsBreak "Congoo News Circles Adds the Glue" (

Source: Congoo

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