Originally posted by twitchy
I get that, but ATS wouldn't exsist if it wasn't for the people who contribute our time and information here either.
That's part of the magic formula that has resulted in what ATS is today, an important part, but only part still. That statement can be said for any
user-generated site, discussion board, forum, etc. But precious few of those types of sites rise from 100,000 visits a month to more than 4 million in
six years... so there's more to it, and I think you know that.
We sure don't do this for the money, we do it for the passion of the genre and out of a genuine desire to discuss and debate conspiracy
related information here.
Without the other factors that comprise the "magic formula," the diversity of membership and ability to broadcast your passion to (potentially)
millions would not exist.
Obviously some of the members have some valid concerns about Google.
Which is why I thoroughly researched the widget using every HTTP tracing tool available. As I did with the Facebook "like," Twitter "tweet,"
StumbleUpon "link," and other social sharing widgets. This is the first that did not send data back to the source unless the user took some type of
action. And also the first to use HTTPS (secure) protocol when data was sent back.
considering the traffic and the search rankings you already get, I'm not sure why ATS would feel such a need either...
There comes a time when existing strategies can get you only so far. Thus far, our efforts to ensure "the world" is aware of what our members post
have been successful -- but we're also seeing a bit of a plateau as there's only so much that can be done through smart search optimization. This is
but another potential tool in a "war chest" of tools to further our efforts of increasing awareness.
...but to see that same old "If you don't like it, then leave" crap from nyk537 when your members have some real and from what I've read
about Google plus, very valid privacy concerns about involving their beloved ATS with social networking is kinda sickening.
To speak frankly, it does come down to that... you're free to leave, though we'd rather you not.
Recently, we've received some rather startling attention from serious "players" in the Internet industry because of the quality of our member
posts. While here in our "private Idaho" of ATS, we see complaints of various types over the behavior of some members, others don't see that --
they see an extraordinary example of how "anonymous" online users can behave, be civil, while discussing provocative and compelling topics. In fact,
just today we received a comment from one such "player" that we (ATS) are proof that
Randi Zuckerberg of Facebook is wrong
anonymous online users behave badly. (a big part of that magic formula)
Everything I and the "company" do has the single-minded goal of exposing as many people as possible to the discussions of our members. Sure you can
postulate that we're doing so for monetary reasons, but really, if that was our driving-force, with how our efforts have grown ATS in a few short
years, we could have been banking so much more if we put our attention to porn. We didn't. We put our attention on the members of ATS.