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Oxygen Gets Social With Ooomph, Goes Broadband With

Oxygen is jumping on the social-networking bandwagon. The network says it will launch, a Website for women to unite over shared interests. Oxygen is also launching its first broadband channel - The network unveiled its digital projects to advertisers at its New York upfront presentation Tuesday morning.

In starting Oomph, Oxygen is entering a crowded field of traditional media companies looking to get a piece of the popularity enjoyed by social-networking sites like NewsCorp.'s MySpace. NBC Universal, for example, is also targeting women online with iVillage, which it bought last year for $600 million. And earlier this month, the Hearst Corporation bought small social-networking company to tie in with some of its magazine titles.

Oxygen plans for Oomph to include personality tests and "passion groups," sub-areas with specific topics, such as pop culture, sex and careers.

Separately, the independent women's network this month is starting, a broadband channel which will feature ad-supported programming from the channel and Web exclusives. The site will include exclusive-to-broadband shows, such as Our Bodies, Myself, a comedy about womanhood in America.