Call to get social networking for your nation -- at worldirish.com
Published 08/10/2011 | 05:00
A new social networking site for Irish people around the world was unveiled yesterday at Dublin Castle.
Worldirish.com is the brainchild of 'Riverdance' founder John McColgan, who suggested it at another global summit two years ago.
It will allow users share information, videos and even link up their other social media sites.
Worldirish.com is the first website to use social media to link a country to its diaspora.
"The timing of a project like this is opportune as Dublin is now the leading capital for social media. You don't have to be Irish to be WorldIrish -- anyone with an affinity with Ireland from anywhere in the world can join," said Mr McColgan.
The idea of the website came about in 2010 when Gateway Ireland hosted a similar seminar.
Key investors in the project include telecoms mogul Denis O'Brien, taxback.com founder Terry Clune and billionaire investor Dermot Desmond.
The three businessmen believe the time is right for a site that allows people to express their affinity and pride in being Irish and let their creativity contribute to making a difference.
To date, €3m has been raised, out of which almost €1m has been spent getting the project to where it is today. Additional investment is being sought.
The website's construction began in earnest earlier this year and it will be bolstered by an offline and online marketing campaign that will harness social media.
Based in Capel Street, Dublin, the project envisages operating as a thriving technology and media hub.