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Oh man, soon it'll be a teenager!
Last year I posted on the official birthday Adland's Birthday - Nine years old today!, April 1.
This year I thought I'd avoid the jokester date in case y'all might think I was kidding. Adland really is ten years old.
It all started in this house up on the twin peaks in San Francisco ten years ago. A dorky geocities homepage saw the light of day.... Within a week I was already hosting in some kids webserver in Utah so I could run my own cgi-bin scripts.
One of the early rants has been saved here "Separated at birth? Three drinks do the same thing", as twin ads was the main gripe back then. Some other early rants are still in the adrant section, some have gone all over the web and been translated to Spanish, others made it to print in various advertising business journals.
The waybackmachine saved a few incarnations of adland's front page, like this one from 1998.
So from that wee page with a couple of badland cases, a few adrants, excerpts from adbooks and loads of adlinks, and in 1999 a 950 ad strong commercial collection - we now have 32403 commercials, 2984 news postings, 194 badland cases, 655 ad links, 73066 registered adgrunts and the front page has been viewed by a whopping 43265833 visitors since we started counting back in 2000. (*public stats page removed 2007)
So happy birthday to Adland!