Are you on iWiW?
The most popular Virgo story is iWiW’s. Only a few people remember that it’s previous version, WiW was launched in 2002, almost two years before Facebook. WiW started as an online Who is Who and connection network manifestation by Zsolt Várady. WiW was the hobby project of a group of friends that with Virgo’s support grew to a social media page visited by millions. WiW was successful in its own ways, ever growing group of browsing Budapest youngsters were finding old classmates, searching for their accointances, socialized, participated in group discussions and uploaded their first profile pictures to the internet. WiW unavoidably became a business and Márton Szabó was made its managing director.
In October 2005 under the direction of Gábor Cseh the by then redesigned and renamed iWiW’s services were relaunched in 15 languages, even then it was expected to be a huge Virgo story. So it happened, iWiW became popular beyond the wildest dreams, hundreds of thousands of Hungarians became internet users just because of iWiW. In March 2006 iWiW was the fourth most visited website in Hungary when T-Online, part of the Magyar Telekom group bought it but Virgo stayed part of its long lasting success by developing and managing the popular site.
iWiW had its peak in February 2010 when 4.5 million users were registered on it, was visited by 1.46 million individuals and 3.3 million page downloads were made daily. Regardless of its fresh ideas and innovations it couldn’t keep up with Facebook. On June 30, 2014 iWiW was shut down permanently, all uploaded content was preserved in time capsules.