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Every once in a while the founders of the Nikonians® community are asked "How did you guys get together? - How was Nikonians started?" This page gives you a short rundown on the genesis of Nikonians.
J. Ramón Palacios (jrp) and Bo Stahlbrandt (bgs) met online in late 1999. JRP had made some comments on Bo's original Nikon F5 review and Bo had commented on JRP's Brief Love Story. A strong friendship develops. It grows from mutual respect, shared values and a common interest: Photography with a Nikon®
Ramón and Bo decided to create their own community, less than a month after they met online. Two months were spent on detailed planning and design, from philosophy to policy, to layout and colors. Immediately there after, an "Alpha version" of the main site went online and soon there after, the Beta version. The site opens to the public April 30th, 2000, with 30 members. It took the founders four months from decision to deployment. It took them 22 months to meet in person for the first time.
The first anniversary, April 30th, 2001 is celebrated with 2,600 registered members.
By July 8, 2008 the community counts 135,000 members with well over one million visitors per month, and has significantly expanded its services to its members:
By spring 2010 there are over 250,000 registered members and one and a half million visitors per month, leading to further growth and specialization, especially in the "back office" of Nikonians, to support such a growth:
By spring 2014 there are over 400,000 registered members and the community has developed multiple apps for mobile devices. The team has grown substantially and while several of the old hands are still active on a daily basis, some well known other volunteers are no longer with us. In July 2014 we start our first fundraising campaign, raising over 40,000 US Dollars. The money is used to improve the forums, both in design and function, to remove clutter, integrate various areas of the community (e.g. articles<->forums<->galleries) and to expand on the content provided. On the 6th of September 2014, the community reach 500,000 registered members.
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