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Old May 31, 2003, 12:42 AM   #1
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MacNN/NewsFactor (historical note), and MacMinute's origin

This is an interesting histoircal note... I thought I'd document this...

Controlling share of MaNN was sold to Newsfactor...

This thread


seems to summarize it.

It all went down in May 2001. Monish (owner of MacNN) sold a controlling share of MacNN to the NewsFactor Network (NFN). The forums weren't affected at first, but on the main page they imposed NewsFactor-style navigation, and we instantly hated it. Plus, during the transition the news page went un-updated for about two days, which really hurt because it was the weekend Apple opened the first retail stores.

Anti-NFN posts in the Lounge rose to the point where they brought down the hammer, with a NFN admin locking and deleting threads, banning members and deleting accounts. Then it was open war for about two days, until a truce was declared, the NFN admins stepped back from the forums and things simmered down.

Misha, who ran the forums then, left MacNN for MacMinute. (He has since left MacMinute; I'm not sure what he's doing now.)

In the end, NewsFactor let Monish back out of the deal, on condition that MacNN had to feature links to NFN for 12 months and couldn't badmouth them. Gorgonzola and Co. have run the forums since then.

Ah ... good times.
So, Misha left and joined Stan Flack (apparently, who was the ?founder of MacCentral before it was bought by MacWorld).


A week ago I posted a notice hinting at my imminent departure from MacNN,
which is now official.

After more than four enjoyable years with MacNN, I have decided to move on.
I depart MacNN on amicable terms, and would like to express a sincere
gratitude to Monish Bhatia, my employer during my time at MacNN, for the
opportunity that he granted me.

My decision to leave MacNN did not come easily. In my time, I've enjoyed
having a part in shaping MacNN into what I consider the #1 Mac site on the
Web. I've enjoyed delivering the news, offering informed product reviews,
covering tradeshows, and perhaps most importantly, playing a role in shaping
the MacNN Forums from the seeds that they were originally, to the wonderful
community they has blossomed into.

My heart and future remain with the Mac web, however. I have partnered with
Stan Flack, co-founder of MacCentral (since departed), on his new venture,
MacMinute. Currently in its infancy, I look forward to working with and
shaping MacMinute into another reputable resource for the Mac community.

I wish you all the best and look forward to the new opportunity that has
been presented to me, as well as hopefully working with and speaking to many
of you in the future.


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Old May 31, 2003, 01:10 AM   #2
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Weeeee...a history summary of all these sites I never visit...

Seriously though, good stuff..and on a related note..damn you're on a roll tonite arn, trying to liven up the Mac Scene subforum?
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Old Jun 1, 2003, 07:20 PM   #3
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Just a short update -- Misha is no longer with MacMinute... He left several months ago (regular readers may have noticed the change in writing style).
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