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End of a decade - Happy new year 2010!

Written by Petteri Pyyny (Google+) @ 31 Dec 2009 9:25 User comments (34)

End of a decade - Happy new year 2010! Wow, I can't believe that the Noughties are about to end in couple of hours time. It is quite mind-boggling to think that our site, AfterDawn, has existed through this whole decade - and then some (as our regulars remember, we celebrated our site's 10th anniversary in June). I could write once again, my "traditional" New Year's summary of the past year's events, but I wont do that this time. Instead, just want to chitchat to you about this past decade.
First of all, 10 years ago, we already had a site, AfterDawn.com, that we began building in March, 1999 and that went eventually live on June, 1999. All of us, the founders of the site, were in our early twenties. I had just moved from Helsinki to New York, with my partner and our baby girl. I was witnessing the golden age of the "dotcom boom", working on one of the "dotcom darlings" of that era in Silicon Valley. It seemed that anything you'd create on the Internet would turn into gold, eventually. You could understand easily how we had the energy to first go through a normal working day in our "real life jobs" and then spend 6-8 hours in the evening to write news articles, code, design and plan for AfterDawn's future.

However, all that changed in late 2000, when the dotcom bubble burst -- investors weren't investing any more, ad rates collapsed and thousands of promising startups went tits up. Maybe luckily for us, we hadn't reached that level yet -- instead, our site was still in its very infancy, having just handful of visitors each month and lacking any greater "vision" for the future. So, we just continued our work as usual -- long, long days of work, negative cashflow that we had to compensate from our own credit cards, etc. Of course, AfterDawn was just a hobby at that time, no office, no company -- just an obsession that we wanted to see succeed. AfterDawn's "office" was really just seven guys' bedrooms all over the world and all the communication between the team was made via ICQ (just like it is done even today).

In late 2002, things began to change -- cheap DVD-R drives and cheap cable and DSL lines allowed people to "find" digital video. And as we had been pioneers of that phenomenon, suddenly our site's traffic began to multiply, month after month. Furthermore, some bold advertisers were coming back to the Net, making it also possible to actually build some revenue on top of the increased traffic. All that made it possible for us to turn our hobby into a proper company -- AfterDawn Oy (Oy = Ltd or LLC) was founded on May, 2003. At first, it was just a shell to handle the increased complexity of our site's structure -- servers, advertisers, etc.

The digital video trend didn't seem to go away, but instead, it grew larger and larger. Eventually, it allowed us to actually drop our "day jobs" and finally focus on AfterDawn, full-time, in early 2005. At the same time, we also set up our first office (the very same office we still have today) in Oulu, Finland -- marking the first time ever when AfterDawn had a proper physical presence, rather than a P.O. box and seven bedrooms :-) It was also the era when we hired our first staff members to assist us with the news flow -- and nowadays the team has became so well-oiled that you rarely see any news articles written by the original founders at all, allowing us to focus on site's development.

The latter part of the decade saw AfterDawn expand to new areas in its coverage -- the era of living room technology had invaded living rooms across the globe and even the Joe Sixpack crowd were purchasing flat-screen TVs, DVR devices, next-gen consoles and media tanks for their living rooms. All that meant that the everyday life was getting much, much, more technology-oriented -- and people were flocking to our site to find answers to their questions and problems, boosting our traffic to new heights.

Ten years ago seem like a distant dream now -- we have a site, AfterDawn.com, that we publish in three languages. Our English site gathers over 4.5 million unique visitors each month, our Finnish site is ranked as Finland's largest IT/Tech site and our Swedish site, despite it being launched in late 2008, is growing nicely. The hobby that we started now employs 15 people across the globe and provides help and information to millions of people. Lucky? Yes.

Now, as the decade is reaching its end, we have a completely new version of our site coming up that we've been working on for the past year or so. The new version is already live on our Finnish side, but wont be live on English side until end of the January. Furthermore, the new version also focuses on localization and internationalization -- we expect to launch several new language versions of our site in 2010, hoping that new countries and new visitors will also find our site when it is published in their own language.

I'd like to thank all of our staff members - past and present - for making this company the best possible place to work. Seriously. I can't imagine any other place where I come to work almost every morning feeling enthusiastic about what we do. Furthermore, I'd like to thank our moderators for making our discussion forums a place where people can get their questions answered properly and where spammers are kept at bay. And of course, I'd like to thank our spouses and our families for standing by our sides all these years, despite long working hours with no luxuries such as "free weekends" or "holidays without work".

Last, but not least, I'd like to thank all of our users -- past and present -- who have helped us to build this site that I'm extremely proud of. Without your contributions to the discussion forums, your improvement ideas and your enthusiasm, we wouldn't have made it to the end of this decade. Let's make the next one even better!

Happy new year 2010!

-Petteri Pyyny
AfterDawn.com

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34 user comments

131.12.2009 13:14

Happy New Years aD!

EDIT: Coming up on 4years with AD!

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231.12.2009 13:21

Happy New Year all at aD, can't believe it's 5 years since i first signed up here.

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331.12.2009 13:39

Happy New Year AD!
May the very best of 2009 be your worst in 2010.
Love this site... ;-D

431.12.2009 13:40
scum101
Inactive

Aye.. indeed.. happy and prosperous new decade folks :)


531.12.2009 14:30

Happy New Year April will be my fifth year here.

Thank you Afterdawn

Don't drink and drive

631.12.2009 15:45

Happy New Year Afterdawn and everyone else.

731.12.2009 16:12

Originally posted by creaky:
Happy New Year all at aD, can't believe it's 5 years since i first signed up here.
Who are you? o_O

831.12.2009 17:43
fgamer
Inactive

Well next month will make it my 3rd year as an Afterdawn user. Happy new year!!

931.12.2009 20:08

Jan. 13 will be 4 years that I have enjoyed Ad! Happy New Year to Ad and all it's members. I have high hopes that 2010 will be a prosperous New Year for Ad, and all of it's members!

1031.12.2009 20:28

My very first visit after your site was recommended to me and I catch you in error. The new decade does not start until the end of year 2010, not the beginning of it. 2010 is the 10th year. 2011 begins the next decade. The same thing happened when the year 2000 rolled around. The 21st century did not beginning until 1 minute past midnight on January 1, 2001. Check it out. What do I win???

1131.12.2009 20:37

Originally posted by flipunder:
My very first visit after your site was recommended to me and I catch you in error. The new decade does not start until the end of year 2010, not the beginning of it. 2010 is the 10th year. 2011 begins the next decade. The same thing happened when the year 2000 rolled around. The 21st century did not beginning until 1 minute past midnight on January 1, 2001. Check it out. What do I win???
Not a dang thing! Think about how people tend to read!! It is better to be early than to be late!

1231.12.2009 20:45

Happy New Year AD and everyone else.

May it be Safe and Prosperous.







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1331.12.2009 22:25

Happy New Year's to aD and everyone here. Coming up on 2yrs on this site here......have met many on here who have been extremely helpful in helping me back-up my dvd collection.

1431.12.2009 23:00

Happy new years!

1531.12.2009 23:11

Originally posted by flipunder:
My very first visit after your site was recommended to me and I catch you in error. The new decade does not start until the end of year 2010, not the beginning of it. 2010 is the 10th year. 2011 begins the next decade. The same thing happened when the year 2000 rolled around. The 21st century did not beginning until 1 minute past midnight on January 1, 2001. Check it out. What do I win???

Hehe, actually it is the end of a decade,for Afterdawn, since the site was founded 10 years ago, in 1999...Happy New Year anyway!!
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1631.12.2009 23:24
scum101
Inactive

so good to see all us old faces still hanging about..

now where are brandon and john? .. c'mon guys.. I would-a sent a pm but I don't like spamming (not MY bots now.. they only posted 328 things to the forums out of 84k active bots.. mine have 3 numbers on the end.. if you see any more tell me and i will kill ok?)

endo got stuffed.. well and truly.. haven't heard a peep since GM gave him a good filling... oh my.

cakky new year dudes.. who puked first?.. own up.. we is nosey. i dun in 2 bottles of wine and 3/4 bottle of scotch at second sitting..I started at 1pm new years sydney time.. and no chunks yet.. lmao !!

just a friendly warning too.. I have been warned off 6 people now about suspicious activity on the demonoid tracker.. I tried to up a totally legal file and got error after error until the "deleted by moderator" message... my router logs show some very suspicious connection attempts while trying the ups. so maybe better to avoid until further notice eh?

a prosperous and happy 2010.. to all.. my tracker is up.. pm for details ;)

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171.1.2010 2:26
RusSnajp
Inactive

WHERE IS DUKE NUKEM !!!!!!!!!!11!1!!!!One

181.1.2010 2:38

Been here for a few years now I think, around the beginning of the Blu-Ray/HD-DVD battle more or less. A while back my past account "vinny13" magically changed it's password on me or something, and recovery was broken, but I still stuck around :P

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE :)

191.1.2010 5:07

Happy New Years Afterdawn and to everybody a very happy 2010

201.1.2010 8:12

Some be moan that AD has gotten worse over the years and I do not really see it look at the big names like Ars Tech its gotten more user friendly and perhaps less stuffy now I will admit AD dose not have the best of writers but frankly for what AD brings in IE the size of the site so meh its a non issue as you guys try and keep it real even if you skate around somethings on your buttered toast :P

But seriously its the fact you try and not be a bland antispectic site thats afraid of tis users by hiding from them that I love it here!

DRD and the rest of the staff best of luck with the years to come!!

211.1.2010 12:23

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! AND A NEW DECADE TOO!!
Hope you all have a wondrous and prosperous 2010!!
It's was great to go through Afterdawn's story over the decade.
I've been part of this community for last four years and you guys have never disappointed when it came to answering my questions.
Thanks for that!

221.1.2010 21:44

Happy everyone at AfterDinner. May your loins be fruitful and swollen like big Oxen with eye bulging in fruitful enthusiasm.

231.1.2010 23:43

ive know abot afterdawn since 2004 but joined on 05 and have only done 15 post since then counting this one. I'm too lazy to post lol. But i love reading comments i read every single one and this is my homepage and has been for 4 years now. Love the site. It helped me way back when i learned about dvd copying plus some. Im no longer a noob in any modding thing thanks to this site. Love u lots afterdawn. Keep thte good stuff coming and happy new year

242.1.2010 9:53

Quote:
Originally posted by creaky:
Happy New Year all at aD, can't believe it's 5 years since i first signed up here.
Who are you? o_O
God I love it how Creaky always gets the bottom of the shoe! ;P

Anyway, Happy New Year everyone! May you & your families all be blessed and healthy in your lives.

252.1.2010 11:59

Originally posted by Oner:
Quote:
Originally posted by creaky:
Happy New Year all at aD, can't believe it's 5 years since i first signed up here.
Who are you? o_O
God I love it how Creaky always gets the bottom of the shoe! ;P

Anyway, Happy New Year everyone! May you & your families all be blessed and healthy in your lives.
He's a cranky ankle bitter, best not piss im off to much or your shoes be made into swiss toe chase!. Other wise he is best damn mod on this site.


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262.1.2010 12:39

Originally posted by syxguns:
Originally posted by flipunder:
My very first visit after your site was recommended to me and I catch you in error. The new decade does not start until the end of year 2010, not the beginning of it. 2010 is the 10th year. 2011 begins the next decade. The same thing happened when the year 2000 rolled around. The 21st century did not beginning until 1 minute past midnight on January 1, 2001. Check it out. What do I win???
Not a dang thing! Think about how people tend to read!! It is better to be early than to be late!
I guess it's all in how you look at it as well because while technically the end of the "decade" is considered the following year when you do the math it shows something different because you actually begin in year "0"

1) 2000
2) 2001
3) 2002
4) 2003
5) 2004
6) 2005
7) 2006
8) 2007
9) 2008
10) 2009 <- end
11) 2010 if you include it that would actually be 11

;P
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272.1.2010 13:30

Originally posted by Oner:
Originally posted by syxguns:
Originally posted by flipunder:
My very first visit after your site was recommended to me and I catch you in error. The new decade does not start until the end of year 2010, not the beginning of it. 2010 is the 10th year. 2011 begins the next decade. The same thing happened when the year 2000 rolled around. The 21st century did not beginning until 1 minute past midnight on January 1, 2001. Check it out. What do I win???
Not a dang thing! Think about how people tend to read!! It is better to be early than to be late!
I guess it's all in how you look at it as well because while technically the end of the "decade" is considered the following year when you do the math it shows something different because you actually begin in year "0"

1) 2000
2) 2001
3) 2002
4) 2003
5) 2004
6) 2005
7) 2006
8) 2007
9) 2008
10) 2009 <- end
11) 2010 if you include it that would actually be 11

;P

He must be a mathematician, they always count from 1:))) technically, he is correct;you cannot start counting from 2000;if you do that, then you could just start from 1999 as well...you go back to the very beginning,year 1; since there never was a year 0(unless you are an astronomer!!),so starting from year 1,when the first decade began, and adding 10,each new decade begins with a year ***1, but practically, socially, welcome to a new decade:))!!


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282.1.2010 15:12

Quote:
but practically, socially, welcome to a new decade:))!!
Exactly, a 2009 year old glitch that should no longer be relevant lol. That's not even mentioning the big boss' original intent, which was a decade of AfterDawn. :P
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292.1.2010 15:14

That's exactly what I said in my first post, IT IS a decade for AD!!
Happy Many New Years!

302.1.2010 15:41

The end of 1 decade... And a start of another sh*tty one.




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312.1.2010 15:48

I like your optimism!!!



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322.1.2010 18:56

Originally posted by DVDBack23:
Exactly, a 2009 year old glitch that should no longer be relevant lol. That's not even mentioning the big boss' original intent, which was a decade of AfterDawn. :P
Someone gets it! :P

332.1.2010 19:55

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010 A.D. .....and Happy Burning to everyone out there !

347.1.2010 9:21

I finished my 4th year as a member back in October, but had been lurking here on and off for about 2-3 years before that. I haven't been that active in the discussions, but I plan on fixing that this year! Cheers and Happy (belated) New Year!

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