So what does it all mean?
I know many of you have some justified curiosity and even concerns over the implications of the initial post and follow-up comments. Here are some
additional tasty tidbits that run the gamut from solidified plans to pie-in-the-sky hopes.
We've come this far on the basis of supporting a broad range of speculative discussion on a long list of "alternative topics". As
we look at techniques to expand ATS, they will always involve our core concept. No one need fear that the integrity of our topical diversity will be
One of the key aspects of our growth plans involve attracting preeminent experts in ATS subject areas to create unique
content for ATS, and then follow-up by contributing to collaborative discussions with our members. This may take many forms, but will likely fall most
often into a traditional publishing model of paying thought leaders to write articles on ATS subjects.
There are a host of current (and likely future) members who on their own, have developed into compelling thought leaders on the
basis of their contributions to ATS. We expect to have several avenues whereby these members can enjoy some financial gain through the creation of
content for ATS.
AboveTopSecret.com As The Epicenter:
We hope to expand into several alternate venues that explore compelling angles and ideas expressed in the
posts written by the members of ATS. As this happens, the discussion board will always remain the life-blood epicenter of all things. The goal is to
create content universe that is inspired by your posts, encourages collaborative discussion about the content, and then further inspires new efforts.
An intellectual feedback loop, if you will.
There is a great deal of exploration into the possibilities of these and other aspects of strategies to take our board into uncharted territory.
In addition to a significant effort in developing exciting new content opportunities, we're also focused on many items that will enhance and improve
the overall ATS experience.
We're working on additions to the core ATS code base that introduces advanced aspects of "Web 2.0" social networking into
the fabric of our discussion boards. We're certainly not going to turn into some silly MySpace clone, and the features will be as tightly integrated
(or more so) as our podcasting capabilities.
Enhanced Hardware Cluster:
Our next step in the evolution of our infrastructure is to move beyond what is available via dedicated server
providers, and purchase our own sophisticated customized server cluster. This will enable us to create hardware that is better optimized for our
unique set of features, and greatly enhance the overall performance of the core discussion boards.
You've long been asking for it, and we are moving toward the ability for members to upload and share important video content that
enhances discussion about our core concepts.
We'll soon see the return of posting via cell phone and full-featured wireless access to the discussion boards.
Undisclosed Big Project:
And there is one project under way that will be a very interesting addition to ATS... this one is well above top
And since there has been discussion about the possibility of ATS "going public" to offer stock, this has indeed crossed our minds, and remains a
possibility. There are several legal means where by a justifiably favored group of people can be provided "first crack" at stock ownership. You can
be assured that making such a method available to all members will be a top priority if and when this happens.
The "experiment" of building ATS is over. It's time to get real and push ahead. It's an exciting time, and we owe it all to you.