AOL Acquires Userplane

Aug 15, 2006

AOL has announced that it has acquired LA-based Web IM and chat firm Userplane. No terms were disclosed; the company will stay intact and will operate as a wholly--owned subsidiary of the Time Warner unit. Userplane specializes in web-based chat and IM offered within three business models: licensed based on usage, free with Userplane selling ad inventory, and a more recent hybrid with licensed clients including Userplane ad inventory and a 50-50 rev share.