Tonight marks the day; two years ago we embarked on the endeavor that we now call MiceChat.com. Over the last two years, MiceChat has seen success that none of us thought would be possible. Now, here we stand two years later and we've just begun. There's been some momentous events that we've seen, and below is a quick history of where that 2 years has taken us, and where MiceChat will be in the future.
Thanks to the internet archive, we can look at the MiceChat of the past. All click-able dates let you view the MiceChat of old.
A Brief History of MiceChat
November - December 2003 - Dustysage lays the framework!
MiceChat at this time is just a glimmer in Dustysage's eye. However, he knew that MiceAge needed message boards, and decided to pitch the idea to MiceAge editor, Al Lutz. However, at the start, they we're unsure of the logistics of how the discussions would work, and how the discussions would tie into the site. Eventually, the idea of a separately hosted and run discussion board, MiceChat, would be created. Both knew it would be popular, and we're looking forward to the launch.
January 11th, 2004 - MiceChat Quietly Launches
After receiving the call the previous night, Dusty informed me of the site, and what we needed. My first sleepless MiceChat night was getting the forums ready for the launch the next day. We we're excited, and a whole crew of us laid out the forums and we're ready. In the afternoon, we flipped the switch, and MiceChat was officially open.
January 16th, 2005 - MiceChat Launches On MiceAge
Starting on the 16th
, a new message appeared on MiceAge, "You asked for it, MiceChat. The boards are Now Open!". Within that first week, we had over 600 members, and nearly 3,000 posts. We never expected the first week to be so popular. On the 18th, we had out first MiceChat Weekly Roundup
- featuring discussions of the week. Here's what MiceChat looked that day.
July 1st 2005 - First new features of MiceChat Added
6 Months after launch, MiceChat had over 2,700 members, and over 160,000 posts. Our new News and Roundup crews we're in full force, finding news, and weekly discussions on MiceChat. However, July 1st also marked the day of a couple new features, the DIG (now planned for a mid 2007 re-launch), and out portal home. It just one of many new features that would grace the boards.
July 17th 2005 - MiceChat 50th Anniversary Meet
November 9th 2005 - MiceChat Gold Launches
Now with over 3500 members, MiceChat needed something special. MiceChat's subscription service, MiceChat Gold, launched on the 9th. MiceChat Gold is a $12 a year service that gives adult (18+) MiceChatters all kinds of extra goodies, including a blog, more PMs, clubs, and more.
January 22, 2006 - MiceChat's 1st Anniversary Meet
Now, you didn't think I would post the whole two year history in one post would you? Come back in a couple of days for more MiceChat history.