DigitalTown Expands Its Social Network by Acquiring 8,000 Domains
DigitalTown Portal Will Link More Than 30,000 Community Spirit Sites
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 12, 2007 -- BDC Capital, Inc. (OTCBB: BDCN), today said
it had completed the acquisition of another 8,000 community spirit domain
names in a major expansion of its DigitalTown social network portal. The
portal, currently under construction, now is comprised of more than 30,000
spirit domains, a 36 percent increase from the previous number of 22,000.
The DigitalTown spirit domains, such as www.burnsvilleblaze.com and
www.edinahornets.com, will provide a grassroots gateway to a nationwide
network of thousands of communities. With the acquisition of these 8,000
domains, the portal now will be able to serve the boosters, students and
alumni of 99 percent of communities formed around their towns and cities
and the public, private and charter schools within them.
"DigitalTown's coast-to-coast, border-to-border social network has expanded
enormously through the acquisition of these names," David R. Pomije, BDC
Capital chief executive officer said. "The spirit sites provide
communities and their schools with new ways to create energy and will make
it possible for our company and its partners to give back to them."
High school students, athletes and competitors of all kinds, coaches,
parents, volunteers and alumni will be drawn to this unique site simply by
entering their high school name combined with its mascot in a dotcom
format. Once there, they will be easily able to interact with each other
and organize their activities.
At the grassroots level, DigitalTown.com allows community boosters, high
school students and alumni an opportunity to connect with each other and to
support their local schools and businesses. From their own "hometowns" --
i.e., www.centrallyonlions.com -- local citizens and students can reach out
to others who share their interests across the nationwide network. At the
same time, people who have moved away from their hometowns can easily
reconnect with former classmates, friends, neighbors and their former high
schools as well.
BDC Capital began acquiring the spirit domains in 2004 as founder and
chairman Richard Pomije kept his ears attuned to his hometown and his alma
mater, Burnsville High School in Burnsville, Minnesota, where his father
had served as principal and assistant superintendent. He acquired the
domain name www.burnsvilleblaze.com with the goal of building an online
site for boosters, parents, students and alumni to support both the
community and the high school. "The initial spark for the concept came
from an active senior student," Richard Pomije said. "She triggered in me
an idea of a way to help communities and schools through the people who are
active in them and care about them."
As BDC acquired additional domains during the last two years, online social
networks such as MySpace, Friendster, Facebook, Linked In and other
companies captured the imaginations of users around the country as a
primary way to connect and communicate. The foundation for DigitalTown.com
evolved as well. When completed, DigitalTown will serve as a unique
modern-day superhighway, organically linking online thousands and thousands
of grassroots communities whose users are passionate about their hometowns
and their schools.
The DigitalTown portal will include features such as personalized email
(firstname.lastname@example.org), alumni communication and reunion tools, chat,
information about a wide range of high school activities such as music,
drama and athletics, booster, calendar and meeting tools, personal
profiles, photo, video and music sharing and timely community news.
About BDC Capital and DigitalTown
DigitalTown is a division of BDC Capital, Inc., based in Burnsville, MN,
and is developing a social-networking community for high school alumni,
boosters and students. Effective March 1, 2007, the name of the company
will be changed to DigitalTown, Inc. Any statements contained herein
related to future events are forward-looking statements and are made
pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on
forward-looking statements. BDC Capital, Inc. undertakes no obligation to
update any such statements to reflect actual events.