Twelve years ago today, on September 15, 2005, we launched the first few communities on this platform.
I think there were 10 interest communities when we launched. They were all in Swedish. During the next ten years hundreds more followed. Now there are over a thousand communities running on the platform. Each month we have between 1 and 1,5 million visitors.
The English version of the community platform launched this year. Doing it in English is a lot like starting over. There is a certain settler mentality among the new community hosts. We help each other with advice and ideas. We take delight in seeing progress. We even compete a bit. ;-)
A lot of love has gone into building the Savvity community platform over the years. I can’t even count how many versions we have released. Since we, the people behind Savvity, are also users we have much the same wants and needs as other users. When something isn’t working smoothly we usually fix it. When users suggest changes, or new features, that we believe will add to the experience, we try to implement them. It’s in our interest as much as other user’s.
As for celebrations, there probably won’t be that much of it today. Not on behalf of Savvity. My mother turns 75 shortly and will be celebrating tomorrow, so I don’t have to get by without cake and cookies this week. :-)
Thanks to all of you hosts who run communities at Savvity and our Swedish sister, iFokus! Also thanks to our visitors who contribute to the discussions and read what we write! Without you there wouldn’t be much point doing this. :-)
I hope you too will have a great weekend!