Liz Gannes

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Social Web Spans Generations on Newly Launched Ohanarama

Kids and social networking are a touchy combination. But it’s not always creepy for kids to interact online with adults. Ohanarama, a social gaming site that launched today, joins family members virtually to play together.

Ohanarama, which is backed with $1.5 million from investors including Softbank Capital and Contour Venture Partners, offers brightly colored quizzes as well as simple single and multiplayer games on its site and through a Facebook app. The idea is to connect families that are separated by physical distance. Parents can create small networks including children age five to 12, their grandparents and others to play together with a common leaderboard.

Of course, like any social gaming service worth its salt, Ohanarama actively encourages users to spam each other so they can play together. But at least this time it’s all in the family.

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus