The Evolution of boards.ie John Breslin Co-Founder boards.ie Ltd.
Past: Who Are We? <ul><li>A group of like-minded individuals who realised that we could provide a  self-sufficient website...
Past: History of the Boardsverse <ul><ul><li>1998  - 1 forum - 1 member (me!) -  Began life on the  Irish Games Network </...
Past: Boards Recognition <ul><li>Lots of recognition from the Irish web community and various media sources: </li></ul><ul...
Past: In the Press <ul><li>2006-2007 = busiest press year yet… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>… for various reasons! </li></ul></ul>
Past-Present: User Growth
Past-Present: Post Growth
Past-Present: Thread Growth
Past-Present: Forum Growth
Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 1999-02-12 = 8095 Posts from 1998-02-12 to 1999-02-12 = +8095
Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 2000-02-12 = 46513 Posts from 1999-02-12 to 2000-02-12 = +38418
Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 2001-02-12 = 128506 Posts from 2000-02-12 to 2001-02-12 = +81993
Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 2002-02-12 = 343421 Posts from 2001-02-12 to 2002-02-12 = +214915
Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 2003-02-12 = 707163 Posts from 2002-02-12 to 2003-02-12 = +363742
Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 2004-02-12 = 1312105 Posts from 2003-02-12 to 2004-02-12 = +604942
Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 2005-02-12 = 2278655 Posts from 2004-02-12 to 2005-02-12 = +966550
Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 2006-02-12 = 4011389 Posts from 2005-02-12 to 2006-02-12 = +1732734
Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 2007-02-12 = 5902802 Posts from 2006-02-12 to 2007-02-12 = +1891413
Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 2007-09-20 = 7164234 Posts from 2007-02-12 to 2007-09-20 = +1261432
Past-Present: Topic Trends
Past-Present: Topic/Post Growth
Present: August 2007 Stats <ul><li>1,554,695 Visits </li></ul><ul><li>757,398 Absolute Unique Visitors </li></ul><ul><li>1...
Present: Where From?
Present: Boards Sections <ul><li>Discussion  forums  ranging from: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>… David Hasselhoff and Wanderly W...
<ul><li>Boards Beers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hallowe'en Fancy Dress Party </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local Beers </li></ul><...
Present: Boards Revenue <ul><li>Subscribers to services: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e-mail, extra forums, photo albums, custom ...
Present: Boards Infrastructure <ul><li>Load Balancer: Dual 733 MHz P3, 2 GB RAM, 130 GB HD </li></ul><ul><li>Web 1: Dell 8...
Future: social.ie <ul><li>A social network for Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>Using the same userbase as boards.ie </li></ul><u...
Future: social.ie (2)
Future: More Boards
Questions and Answers <ul><li>? </li></ul>
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The Evolution of boards.ie

  1. 1. The Evolution of boards.ie John Breslin Co-Founder boards.ie Ltd.
  2. 2. Past: Who Are We? <ul><li>A group of like-minded individuals who realised that we could provide a self-sufficient website for various Irish communities to discuss and interact on various topics </li></ul><ul><li>Complementary skills , but at least two people share the necessary skills </li></ul><ul><li>We’ve done our best to evolve the site based on community feedback and feature requests… </li></ul><ul><li>So far, it’s all been part-time  </li></ul>
  3. 3. 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 boards.ie 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 - 680 forums - 115k members – >7M posts - 5TB transfer per month </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. 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 boards.ie </li></ul>
  5. 5. Past: In the Press <ul><li>2006-2007 = busiest press year yet… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>… for various reasons! </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Past-Present: User Growth
  7. 7. Past-Present: Post Growth
  8. 8. Past-Present: Thread Growth
  9. 9. Past-Present: Forum Growth
  10. 10. Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 1999-02-12 = 8095 Posts from 1998-02-12 to 1999-02-12 = +8095
  11. 11. Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 2000-02-12 = 46513 Posts from 1999-02-12 to 2000-02-12 = +38418
  12. 12. Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 2001-02-12 = 128506 Posts from 2000-02-12 to 2001-02-12 = +81993
  13. 13. Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 2002-02-12 = 343421 Posts from 2001-02-12 to 2002-02-12 = +214915
  14. 14. Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 2003-02-12 = 707163 Posts from 2002-02-12 to 2003-02-12 = +363742
  15. 15. Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 2004-02-12 = 1312105 Posts from 2003-02-12 to 2004-02-12 = +604942
  16. 16. Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 2005-02-12 = 2278655 Posts from 2004-02-12 to 2005-02-12 = +966550
  17. 17. Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 2006-02-12 = 4011389 Posts from 2005-02-12 to 2006-02-12 = +1732734
  18. 18. Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 2007-02-12 = 5902802 Posts from 2006-02-12 to 2007-02-12 = +1891413
  19. 19. Past-Present: Topic Evolution Post count as of 2007-09-20 = 7164234 Posts from 2007-02-12 to 2007-09-20 = +1261432
  20. 20. Past-Present: Topic Trends
  21. 21. Past-Present: Topic/Post Growth
  22. 22. Present: August 2007 Stats <ul><li>1,554,695 Visits </li></ul><ul><li>757,398 Absolute Unique Visitors </li></ul><ul><li>10,668,185 Page Views </li></ul><ul><li>6.86 Average Page Views </li></ul><ul><li>00:08:34 Time on Site </li></ul><ul><li>43.65% Bounce Rate </li></ul><ul><li>41.18% New Visits </li></ul>
  23. 23. Present: Where From?
  24. 24. 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 boards.ie culture </li></ul><ul><li>Couple of hundred blogs and albums </li></ul><ul><li>Classified ads subsite ( www.adverts.ie ) </li></ul>
  25. 25. <ul><li>Boards Beers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hallowe'en Fancy Dress Party </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local 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
  26. 26. Present: Boards Revenue <ul><li>Subscribers to services: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e-mail, extra forums, photo albums, 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 boards.ie user base to comment on their products or services </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. Present: Boards Infrastructure <ul><li>Load Balancer: Dual 733 MHz P3, 2 GB RAM, 130 GB HD </li></ul><ul><li>Web 1: Dell 860, Xeon 3050, 1 GB RAM, 2 x 80 GB HDs, RAID 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2: Dell 860, Xeon 3050, 1 GB RAM, 2 x 80 GB HDs, RAID 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Web 3: Dell 860, Xeon 3050, 1 GB RAM, 2 x 80 GB HDs, RAID 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Web 4: Dell 860, Xeon 3050, 1 GB RAM, 2 x 80 GB HDs, RAID 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Web 5: Dell 860, Xeon 3050, 1 GB RAM, 2 x 80 GB HDs, RAID 1 </li></ul><ul><li>DB 1: Dell 2850, Dual 2.8 GHz Xeon, 3 GB RAM, 3 x 73 GB SCSI HDs </li></ul><ul><li>DB 2 (Inactive) : Dell 2850, Dual 2.8 GHz Xeon, 3 GB RAM, 3 x 73 GB SCSI HDs </li></ul><ul><li>File Storage: 1 TB (8 x 160 GB SATA HDs) </li></ul><ul><li>Subsites: HP DL380 G4, Dual 3.2 GHz Xeon, 2 GB RAM, 3 x 73 GB SCSI HDs </li></ul><ul><li>Repository: Lower Spec, 768 MB RAM, 30 GB HD </li></ul><ul><li>Forthcoming DB: 2 x Quad Core Xeon (8 Processor Cores), 16 GB RAM, 4 x 146 GB HDs, RAID 1+0 </li></ul>
  28. 28. Future: social.ie <ul><li>A social network for Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>Using the same userbase as boards.ie </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buddies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Images </li></ul></ul>
  29. 29. Future: social.ie (2)
  30. 30. Future: More Boards
  31. 31. Questions and Answers <ul><li>? </li></ul>

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