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Are You My Future Husband?

Written by Scrivs on October 26, 2005

When you run a Network of over 85 sites it gets very, very tough to play favorites, but I must confess that of all the members, girlspoke might be my favorite because it is continuously updated and continuously funny. The women over there have put together a wonderful site that gives you a Sex in the City feel applied to blogging and it doesn’t stop with the latest entry by Meme.

Sure it’s just a poll, but it gives you an idea of what to expect from the site because the answers are the ones you would never expect to see in a Future Husband poll. Warning: The site contains strong language because it is geared towards adults and isn’t meant to be “professional” so to speak. It’s meant to be real and raw and that’s exactly what it is.

9rules.com v2.0 Coming Soon

Written by Mike Rundle on October 24, 2005

If you’ve wondered what the 9rules crew has been up to the past few weeks, wonder no more. We’ve been hard at work on the second version of our website which will provide multilingual support, an updated user interface (I get sick of looking at my sites after, say, 3 months), and a whole lot more snazziness. Because it’s a pretty large step for us, we’ll be rolling it out in phases over the course of the next few weeks. Also, we’ll be finally getting to use our new dedicated servers our friends at (mt) Media Temple so graciously provided us.

We planned on unleashing v2.0 today, but our fearless CEO Paul Scrivens is currently without power in Tampa, FL due to Wilma’s lashing winds and rain, so we’re going to wait a few days until things clear up and all is back to normal. I talked to Paul yesterday, and he assured me that his generator has been working overtime to power Xbox LIVE so thank goodness his essentials are taken care of.

Calacanis Fires 700 Employees

Written by Scrivs on October 19, 2005

Okay not really, but I thought it would be a funny title for this entry. Today AOL cut 700 jobs from its Internet division only a week after spending more than $20 million to purchase WIN. Does this seem messed up to anybody else out there?

Could you imagine working and watching your company buy up these little companies and then read the news about Google and Microsoft wanting a piece only to find out you don’t work there anymore?

Detailed Change Logs Shown Before User Updates

Written by Mike Rundle on October 18, 2005

The Ubergeeks has a great article up about the ergonomics behind user updates. Colin thinks users should really be told what an update entails before being forced to download it — because what if the user doesn’t want to update? Like when iTunes dropped full network sharing support for streams, many users didn’t realize this “feature” before they updated and a full-scale user support war ensued. Bottom line: tell users what’s going to happen before they update.

The 9rules Technorati Valuation

Written by Mike Rundle on October 15, 2005

A website called Central Scrutinizer took the Technorati valuation numbers behind the Weblogs, Inc. deal (which are hilarious, but probably not a real way to value a website) and applied the math to the 9rules Network to see what 9rules would go for. Obviously it’s a bit different since we don’t own the sites in the Network, but hey, it’s just a fun exercise.

Basically, you take the total value of Weblogs, Inc., and figure out how many inbound Technorati links each WIN site has, then extrapolate a value-per-link of approximately $564.64. Central Scrutinizer worked from that number, and painstakingly went through most of the 9rules Network members (he neglected our Spanish friends though) and came up with a dollar value per weblog.

I did some quick math, and by his numbers, just our English-speaking members have a combined worth of around $10M, but we’ve got some of the world’s best Spanish weblogs in 9rules as well so who knows what the real “value” is 🙂