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Most long-time readers of this column will know that some 15 years ago, I was running what was at the time, the world's most widely syndicated web-based new service.
7am News syndicated its news content through a network of more than quarter of a million third-party websites and, at its peak, proudly claimed more daily views than the online presences of BBC News, The Washington Post, the NY Times, CNN and even Playboy Magazine.
Of course once I sold a controlling interest in that venture to Kiwi investors who claimed they were going to continue the growth -- but instead simply looked for a quick sale with massive profit, it eventually petered out and died.
These days virtually every news organisation on the planet is looking for ways to leverage an online presence for profit and prosperity -- but most are failing dismally.
However, I have been thinking...
Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.
So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkrox when asked for it.
Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.
The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.
Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.
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