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  • TwinsDaily Update: A Half Million Strong

    Five weeks. Just five weeks. Here's what you magnificent people have been doing in the five weeks since pitchers and catchers reported:


    • We’re up to 1100 registered members, and nearly 500 of them have contributed to the community.
    • The forum holds 500 discussion threads that have generated over 5000 individual posts, or about 100/1000 per week.
    • 321 individual blog posts by our members on 62 blogs, or about nine every day.
    • Those have been read by 34,765 unique visitors who have stopped by 134,000 times.
    • Last Thursday we had 621 people visiting the site all at the same time.
    • And finally, the benchmark that drove us to do this research: over half a million page views.


    The goal of this site was to make it easier for Twins fans to find great independent Twins writers and thinkers. But having 35,000 people discover posts and blogs of hundreds of our members over half a million times in a little over a month? I’m pinching my PC screen. This can’t be real.

    So again THANK YOU all for coming together and doing this. PLEASE: read, join, post, write and share with your friends. You have something to give. We’ll do our best to make sure we do our best to help people find it.

    Time for a couple of important notes…

    Ads
    You’re going to start seeing ads on TwinsDaily. Believe it or not, this is a good thing. For a community to thrive, it needs to be able to pay for itself, and all this activity (not to mention the initial investment in the web site) costs money. Ads are the last cornerstone to keep this community self-sufficient. It also reflects how thriving this community is - nobody advertises where there aren’t people. We’ll try and keep them from being overwhelming and hope you’ll support them the way they’re supporting all of us.

    By the way, the implementation of those ads might not be totally seamless. We’re feeling our way through this thing. As always, let us know if you think we’re screwing up.

    Spam
    The spambots have found us. Every morning Nick, Seth, Parker and I scour the site trying to stay on top of them, but it’s mostly reactive. So if you see one we’ve missed or haven’t found, please click on “Report” and we’ll get on it (and ban the user) as soon as we can.

    Play Nice
    Communities do a lot better when people show each other a level of respect. So we’re enforcing no vulgarity and no personal attacks. If you find a post that you think violates that, rather than lash out yourself, report it to us.

    Avatars
    Finally, let’s all get avatars, ok? Here’s how:

    When you’re logged in, click on “Settings” in the upper right hand corner (or here.)
    Click on Edit Avatar on the left-hand side.

    Thanks again everyone. As always, let us know your thoughts below or in the Questions About Twins Daily Forum. I don’t know exactly how the Twins season is going to go, but I’m sure glad we found each other and can share it together.
    This article was originally published in blog: TwinsDaily Update: A Half Million Strong started by John Bonnes
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. luckylager's Avatar
      luckylager -
      Best Twins site ever! Thanks to you guys. Congratulations on your success.
    1. pjnelly's Avatar
      pjnelly -
      Greetings from the Pacific Northwest. Great job on the site! I visited here yesterday for the first time and immediately signed up as a member. I don't want to miss out on this conversation. Looking forward to the season. Go Twins!
    1. Highabove's Avatar
      Highabove -
      What a concept! A place where a wide variety of views and opinions can be expressed along with respectable debate. A place where criticism of the Twins Organization is tolerated. Readers with opposing views will not be described as "stupid, misinformed, spoiled ,crazy and dumb" I can see why the likes of Phil Mackey and Jim Souhan are so irritated. Keep up the great work!!
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Great to hear about the success, and it's no surprise!
    1. MoonDog's Avatar
      MoonDog -
      I joined - Add another to the mix! Great to see something like this again after the old boards went away! Lots of great content.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Congratulations guys! And thanks for your work in creating the site and for all your posts. Thanks, too, to everyone who has posted blogs or commented in the forums. I may not comment every day but I browse this site at least once or twice a day.

      Oh, and I'll get to the avatar thing sometime, I promise.
    1. four6three's Avatar
      four6three -
      I agree with Twins Fan From Afar... no surprise. Congrats on the stellar stats, hope that helps bring in some good adverts. PS Avatar to come soon.
    1. ltwedt's Avatar
      ltwedt -
      Great job guys - . . . and if you haven't listened to the Gleeman & the Geek pods, you really oughta!

      Great posts+great management=35,000 and counting!
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      From the very first day it was clear that Twins Daily had the best format for an online fan site. Really well designed...or was it a template from MS Publisher?

      As for Spam and Avatar, Spam is underrated as a center fielder, and Avatar was a graphics extravaganza, but the plot was Pocahontas meets Cats, paint it blue and stick it on a goofy alien planet.
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      Pretty cool site so far. You guys(moderators) might want to do something about these spammers though. I just clicked on blogs only to see the 1st 14 blogs were all spam. Perhaps you guys might want to make it so new subscribers to the site have to wait 24 hours or more to create thier 1st blog or forum post. Just a thought.
    1. Bark's Lounge's Avatar
      Bark's Lounge -
      Quote Originally Posted by Highabove View Post
      What a concept! A place where a wide variety of views and opinions can be expressed along with respectable debate. A place where criticism of the Twins Organization is tolerated. Readers with opposing views will not be described as "stupid, misinformed, spoiled ,crazy and dumb" I can see why the likes of Phil Mackey and Jim Souhan are so irritated. Keep up the great work!!
      On the Souhan Tip. Whether it be television, radio or in print he seems like an arrogant prick. His pomposity/better than thou attitude forces me to turn off the TV, crumple up the newspaper and turn off the radio. It almost feels like abuse (no offense to victims of such acts). Get rid of him (job termination). We don't need him and never did. Let's spruce up this place!!!
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