Allnurses.com history?

  1. So...

    I've been paying attention lately to how long people have been hanging around on this BB and it's made me wonder. When did this BB start? Looks to me like the oldest member is (was) Rick. He's got the next person beat by a year, as I see it. So was it just Rick posting all by himself for a year? I thought this place was like a roach motel... once you check in, there's no checking out. :chuckle

    So when did allnurses start? How long have you been coming here? Any "original members"?

    Heather
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  2. 82 Comments

  3. by   Ted
    I believe that Brian started this happy little Bulletin Board several years back.

    Learn a little "html" code . . .now "php" code and see what it will get you!!!

    This site seems to be prospering. Very cool, in my opinion.

    Brian . . . or any of the moderators. How about a little history lesson.

    With respectful regards,

    Ted
  4. by   micro

    i thought it was the hotel california
    "you can never leave'

    truly this site is way cool........
    and Brian's "child"

    way to go Brian

  5. by   Tookie
    I would be interested too in the 'history' of the site - I do enjoy it - some days l just read - other days contribute - Again great job Brian - Thank you
  6. by   SandyLV
    I have been wondering the same thing myself...

    This site it's soooo addicting...I have spent hours and hours at a time just trying to read all the wonderful stories and info from soooo many experienced nurses....

    Million thanks to Brian for having a WONDERFUL idea!!!!
  7. by   aimeee
    Just checked my registration date: 5/12/99! I remember the site was waaaaaay different at first. I really didn't like the way it was set up and after a few posts I didn't come back for a long time. Not until Brian sent out a message saying it had been completely redesigned.
  8. by   Brian
    ok, here goes a brief history of allnurses.com.....

    back in 94 or 95 when i was in nursing school at minneapolis community college, i just started tinkering around with the internet (back in the early days), i had just bought my first computer, a 486 25 mhz, back when cd roms were just coming out, it was a nice computer at the time . back then, it was not that easy to find nursing related information online. you would do a search and you would find info on breast feeding, or planting trees and a few nursing websites. so i decided to start to organize a few nursing webpages as a hobby. it then grew into a passion and consumed lots of time, but i enjoyed it. i did not have any formal webpage training or computer, so it was slow moving. i started to learn more about websites, and added a few new features now and then, i got e-mail from people all over the world, commenting and complementing the site, which was quite encouraging.

    my internet service provider at the time included some free web space, so initially the website address was something like:

    ally.ios.net/~bshort19 or something silly like that, but hey, it was free i called the site worldwide nurse. after awhile, i decided to buy the domain name wwnurse.com, which was short for worldwide nurse.

    august 1997, i decided to start an e-mail newsletter called "nurse-zine". the first issue went out to over 100 subscribers.

    september 1997, started a discussion forum for nurses for several different specialties. this was a text based forum, much different than what we have now, but at the time, it was pretty cool. i continued to add new nursing specialty forums as people requested them. this is also the time when we got our first paying sponsor, up to this point; all the expenses and time were out of my pocket.

    july 1998, we upgraded to a new bulletin board system, which we could not import all the previous discussions, so we basically started over from scratch with new discussions. but it didn’t take long for people to fill it up with discussions.

    march 2000, we changed our domain name from wwnurse.com to allnurses.com. why the name change? the name allnurses.com is much easier to remember, and in reality, it better describes what and who we are about... all nurses!

    may 2001, we upgraded to our current bulletin board system, which we were able to import all our existing threads and post.

    march 2006
    allnurses.com celebrated 10 years online!
    largest online nursing community celebrates 10-year anniversary
    allnurses.com getting 500,000 unique visitors, 5 million page visits each month and our e-mail newsletter, nurse-zine, has over 125,000 subscribers.

    june 2006
    allnurses.com is breaking all kinds of records
    150,000 registered members - at any given time of the day, there are around 2000 visitors on at the same time. on june 6th, we had a record number of 2,897 users online at the same time (06-07-2006 at 09:15 pm)

    february 2007
    allnurses.com breaks 200,000 member milestone
    thanks to all our staff and members who help continue to tell others interested in nursing about allnurses.com!

    sept 2007
    up to 232,977 members, website was redesigned in june 2007. growing and growing.

    february 2008
    265,236 members, over 6 million pagevisits a month, almost 600,000 unique visitors a month!

    allnurses.com is clearly the most active and most popular nursing website in the world, with over 2 million individual postings with over 255,007 discussion topics. (see current numbers at the bottom of main forum page)

    i hope that helps answer a few questions about the history of allnurses.com

    i must give thanks to all of the amazing volunteer staff, administrators, moderators, they help keep an a welcoming environment and enforce our terms of service. i also want to thank all of our loyal users and those who helped the site grow by spreading the word to your colleagues and friends, if it wasn’t for all of you we would not be where we are today! over the years, our users have given us tons of feedback and thousands of suggestions helping us improve your favorite nursing site. keep the suggestions coming

    and thanks for all the kind words, it is very appreciated
    Last edit by brian on Feb 24, '08 : Reason: updated current #'s
  9. by   pkmom
    Brian, you did a great job here. This site is the only reason I get on the net almost every day.
  10. by   Ted
    Cool!!!

    Thanks for the history sharing. Thanks for the site, Brian!

    Ted
  11. by   Lausana
    It blows my mind how many people are really on this board! Even besides visitors, the amount of participating members-yet it still has a warm, homey feeling when I'm here :chuckle

  12. by   fedupnurse
    Good work Brian!!!
  13. by   finallyRN
    Thanks Brian for giving all of us nurses ( and soon to be nurses) a place to come and discuss our concerns, desires, problems, laughter, tears and joy with the people who can understand us the best, other nurses.
  14. by   kaycee
    Thanks Brian. I come here everyday.Sometimes I comment and sometimes just read. You've done a great job and I enjoyed the history lesson!

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