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Ginx is a stealthy startup that eBay founder Pierre Omidyar is working on. The company is designing a service to let Twitter users share and discuss links from around the web. It’s not clear how the service works as it’s in “private, pre-alpha.” What’s known is that the company has raised $2 million from Omidyar, Ginx cofounder Randall Ching and Michael Mohr, according to a regulatory filing we learned of last night.
Here’s the press release issued by Omidyar, in response to the funding news leaking out earlier today:
Ginx is a Twitter client that aims to provide Twitter users with a rich experience for sharing and discussing links. Ginx was created to enable people to become more actively engaged in the news and topics they care about.
Ginx recently went live to a small group of early alpha users who are providing feedback to the team on features and functionality. Peer News expects to make Ginx available to more users later this year. For updates on the service follow @ginx on Twitter.
Ginx is the first service from Peer News, a new startup co-founded by Pierre Omidyar and Randy Ching.
ReadWriteWeb has gathered some more info on what Ginx might include once it launches. There seems to be a URL shortener that lets you more easily share links through Ginx as well as some sort of iFrame that layers Ginx’s interface on top of other web pages. See screenshot above.
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