Backfence Acquires Bayosphere, Will Launch ‘Hyperlocal’ Web Sites

By: E&P Staff

Backfence Inc., a web-based company building a network of “hyperlocal” citizens’ media community Web sites, announced that it is acquiring Bayosphere, a Web site cofounded by citizens’ media pioneer Dan Gillmor.

Gillmor, a former columnist for the San Jose Mercury News and author of “We the Media,” the definitive book on grassroots media, said he believed that Backfence cares deeply about the future of local news and information. His blog on technology and Bay Area life will be featured on Backfence’s five new Bay Area community sites, the first of which will launch in Palo Alto in May.

Bayosphere, which was launched in June 2005, has close to 100,000 unique visitors per month. It has become a lively forum for debate on Bay Area issues, as well as a home for Gillmor’s popular blog on technology, citizens’ media and social issues.

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