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Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Simon Hampel, 23 Oct 2016.

  1. Simon Hampel

    Simon Hampel Administrator Staff Member

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    I was cleaning up the announcements forum and discovered the post I made announcing the relaunch and rebuild of the site when we changed the name to ZooChat.

    That was 20th October, 2008 ... almost exactly 8 years before I relaunched the website again with new software this last Friday. That previous relaunch was itself almost exactly 5 years after first launching the site. Honestly I didn't plan it that way!

    19 Oct 2003 first thread welcoming people to ZooChat: Welcome !

    20 Oct 2008 announcement about the relaunch: Welcome to ZooChat!

    21 Oct 2016 announcement about the relaunch: Welcome to the new ZooChat

    Things have changed a lot in that time!
     
  2. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

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    If you had remained on schedule you would have managed it 8 years to the day, too! :p
     
  3. Simon Hampel

    Simon Hampel Administrator Staff Member

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    Thanks to the Wayback Machine on Internet Archive: Wayback Machine ... I can even show you what the site looked like back then!

    7 December 2003
    • 17 members
    • 23 threads
    • 37 posts
    • domain: zoobeat.org

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    1 February 2004
    • 27 members
    • 38 threads
    • 99 posts
    • domain: zoobeat.org

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    15 December 2005
    • 60 members
    • 155 threads
    • 552 posts
    • domain: zoobeat.org
    • last version of zoobeat.org in the archives

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    9th July 2006
    • 78 members
    • 264 threads
    • 2,520 posts
    • domain: zoobeat.com

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    26th October 2006
    • 90 members
    • 1,263 threads
    • 3,998 posts
    • 53 photos
    • domain: zoobeat.com

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    19th April 2007
    • 174 members
    • 4,941 threads
    • 11,434 posts
    • 359 photos
    • 89 comments
    • domain: zoobeat.com

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    6th July 2008
    • 751 members
    • 7,523 threads
    • 46,901 posts
    • 8,048 photos
    • 5,640 comments
    • domain: zoobeat.com
    • last version of zoobeat.com in the archives

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    19th December 2008
    • 1,223 members
    • 24,677 threads
    • 81,281 posts
    • 24,677 photos
    • 514 zoos
    • domain: zoochat.com

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    ... and it's largely stayed the same over the past 6 years ... here is the version they captured most recently:

    24th August 2016
    • 13,168 members
    • 319,582 threads
    • 561,582 posts
    • 273,174 photos
    • 1,848 zoos
    • domain: zoochat.com
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  4. snowleopard

    snowleopard Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    I remember those old days of "ZooBeat" and the photo of the African Lion at Monarto Zoo. Those were the days! The current ZooChat site has a lot of great new benefits but I'm sorely missing the "new comments" section as for myself and many others it was the #1 reason to log in every day. Now if someone comments on a photo that dialogue gets lost in the mix.
     
  5. nicholas

    nicholas Well-Known Member

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    Wow, the days of zoobeat. I don't even remember how I found the site, but I do remember being hooked from the beginning.

    I miss (and look forward to) the "new comments" section too.
     
  6. zooboy28

    zooboy28 Moderator Staff Member

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    I never saw the ZooBeat site, but it is rather interesting (and a bit of a shame) that the volunteering forum never took off. One would think that volunteers would make up a significant portion of ZooChat members, but they don't seem to.