Provider of a self-managing platform for distributed knowledge and communication, which it both licenses to other businesses on a hosted basis and operates itself as a consumer marketplace for content, commerce, and the community. The company's platform provides various publishing solutions, as well as selling, advertising, and facilitating electronic commerce transactions on its Web sites. The company builds communities with its proprietary software, management services, and community development methodology. The site offers several Web applications including chat, bulletin boards, user-created home pages, instant messaging, and an HTML-based "who's online" panel within a familiar community metaphor. Members are represented as individuals with a name and an image of their own choosing.