Gigaom

It’s official, sort of: the company behind what people used to call the ‘German Facebook’ is indeed now under the control of Bebo CEO Adam Levin.

Why has the chief of Criterion Capital Partners bought Poolworks, as the firm is known these days? Good question. And the whole story of why it’s taken this long to confirm the identity of the new owner is just plain weird.

Let’s take a deep breath…

Back in June, VZ Networks – the ailing proprietor of Facebook clone StudiVZ and other networks aimed at various demographics – rebranded as Poolworks and announced it would be focusing on its school-age system SchülerVZ, also rebranded as IDPool. (That new site is still only a ‘coming-soon’ affair.)

Then, in September, Poolworks owner Holtzbrinck Ventures surprised everyone by selling the company to the ‘international investment organization’ Vert Capital. You know, Vert? No, me neither. Anyway, Poolworks…

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