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St. Petersburg tech company believes it can be the next Facebook

Webtalk already has close to 500,000 users
Posted: 5:19 AM, Sep 21, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-21 10:32:17Z
St. Pete tech firm wants to be the next Facebook
St. Pete tech firm wants to be the next Facebook

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — R.J. Garbowicz isn’t getting a whole lot of sleep these days.

“I’m working about 20 hours a day,” says the 35-year-old tech entrepreneur.

But that’s the reality for the CEO of Webtalk , a small downtown St. Pete company that believes it can be the next Facebook.

The social media site, which is free to use but still in invite-only mode, takes popular elements from established companies — Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and various online marketplaces — and merges them into “one-stop-shopping,” says R.J..

Webtalk, which is offering revenue-sharing to early adopters of the site to help expand its audience, already has almost half-a-million users worldwide.

R.J. says a huge part of Webtalk’s appeal is control and privacy when it comes to who sees what. 

Each of your followers can be specifically labeled — personal, private, business and so on — so “relationships in your real life” better mirror relationships “in your virtual life.”