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  1. 1. Plans for World Domination: Past, Present and Future John Breslin Co-Founder Ltd.
  2. 2. Past: History of the Boardsverse <ul><ul><li>1998 - 1 forum - 1 member (me!) - Began life on the Irish Games Network </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2000 - 20 forums - 1,500 members – New branding and Ltd. formed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>w/ DeVore, regi, Vexorg, tr1n1ty … ecksor </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2007 - 525 forums - 90k members – <6M posts - 5TB transfer per month </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Present: Registered Users
  4. 4. Present: Posted Messages
  5. 5. Present: Forums Created
  6. 6. Past: Boards Recognition <ul><li>Lots of recognition from the Irish web community and various media sources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Awards such as a Golden Spider (2001), a Zeddy (2001), three Net Visionaries (2004, 2005, 2006) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Articles in magazines and books (French’s “dot ie”) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Radio interviews on Today FM, references on RTÉ Radio 1’s “The Business”, and forum posts read out by Pat Kenny on “Today with PK” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>But we’ve never advertised – word of mouth, weblinks, Google searches lead to </li></ul>
  7. 7. Past: In the Press <ul><li>2006 = busiest press year yet… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>… for various reasons! </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Present: Boards Sections <ul><li>Discussion forums ranging from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>… David Hasselhoff and Wanderly Wagon to Irish Skeptics and Conspiracy Theories (crazy people)! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… but also normal stuff like Computers, For Sale, Games, Humour, Motors, Personal Issues, Politics, Soccer, Television, and even News / Media  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Podcasts on current affairs, ents and tech </li></ul><ul><li>Community-edited wiki on culture </li></ul><ul><li>Couple of hundred blogs from subscribers </li></ul><ul><li>Classified ads subsite ( ) </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Boards Beers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hallowe'en Fancy Dress Party </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Waterford Beers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dublin Beers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boards Awards </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gathering Cards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>People make images that they can produce in certain situations (trolling, flaming, etc.) </li></ul></ul>Present: Boards Culture
  10. 10. Present: Boards Revenue <ul><li>Subscribers to services: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e-mail, extra forums, blogs, custom pictures, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Banner advertising: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>image adverts from Sales Online and text adverts from Google Adsense </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Commercial interaction forums: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>companies allow the user base to comment on their products or services </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Future: <ul><li>A social network for Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>Using the same userbase as </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>etc. </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Future: More Boards
  13. 13. Questions and Answers <ul><li>? </li></ul>