Userplane Ties Into

Santa Monica-based Userplane, a provider of instant messaging and communications tools for online communities, and, an online provider of branded, online communities, said they are in a partnership. The two will integrate Userplane's Webmessenger and Webchat applications into's platform, which allows anyone to create their own social networking web site. Userplane is a subsidiary of AOL, and provides tools used by third party web sites to connect their users through chat, instant messaging, and other features. is venture backed by angel Kimball Small and Brainstorm Ventures.