MacRumors Reaches 200,000 Members

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  1. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    MacRumors has reached yet another noteworthy milestone: the 200,000th forum registration.

    The rate of new registrations reached a peak of nearly 10,000 per month in January and February 2008, in the wake of the MacBook Air launch at Macworld San Francisco. The rate decreased in the months following but recently spiked again to nearly 8,500 in June, due to excitement over the iPhone 3G launch at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.

    Dates of previous membership count milestones:
    Apr 2001: MacRumors vBulletin Forums Launch
    Nov 2003: 25,000 members
    Apr 2005: 50,000 members
    Jun 2006: 75,000 members
    Feb 2007: 100,000 members
    Sep 2007: 125,000 members
    Jan 2008: 150,000 members
    Mar 2008: 175,000 members
    Jul 2008: 200,000 members

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    Not all of these members are still active, of course, but it shows that the news, rumors, and discussions at MacRumors have continued to attract a larger and larger audience.

    We thank our forum members for their participation and for making MacRumors a primary Internet destination for all things Apple.
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    very cool indeed. shows popularity of MR

    i was member 55,620
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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  5. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    the forum page currently says there are 199,861 members

    does this take into account banned members?
     
  6. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    *** Sigh *** Even more newbies to heard...



    :p

    Just kidding, this is excellent news! :cool:

    Here's to 300.000. :)
     
  7. David G. macrumors 6502a

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    That or it's slow to update, kinda like the avatars taking hours to do so.
     
  8. WildCowboy thread starter Administrator/Editor

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    We're actually not sure where the discrepancy comes in. We've definitely banned a lot more than 139 members, so that's not it. It probably comes from a few instances in which we've merged two accounts, or possibly deleted a few entirely.
     
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  10. WildCowboy thread starter Administrator/Editor

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    Well, what do you mean by "current?"

    On any given day, we generally have anywhere from 6,000-8,000 registered members logging in.

    Roughly 81,000 members have logged in at least once in 2008. About 54,000 of those have made at least one post during that time.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That's what I meant... that's great!!
     
  12. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    That graph is looking scarily logarithmic-ish. Good in many ways, but potentially opening a Pandora's Box of scale and demand-related issues, I would imagine, especially with Mac market share inching upwards and the potential iPhone halo effect to take root.

    I wonder what reasonable projections can be made from the known knowns and the unknown knowns, to borrow a phrase from Donald Rumsfeld... when we might reasonably expect a million registrations, for instance, when maybe upwards of 30,000 people a day are logging in...

    If there's no practical limit, can you imagine how fast Forum Spy might be moving at that point? Especially on big news days? :D
     
  13. BigPrince macrumors 68020

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    I wonder what the most active VB forum is and how well it works.
     
  14. Doctor Q Administrator

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    cfan, a Chinese computer forum, reportedly has over 3 million members.

    Major League Gaming has 1,973,297 members.

    Other large vBulletin forums:
    mlg gamebattles has 1,972,506.

    MOTOR-TALK (German) has 1,890,275.

    The Sims Resource has 1,805,199.

    codemasters has 1,593,071.

    ForumPlanet has 1,569,653.

    jolt online gaming (UK) has 1,491,850.

    Giga.de (German) has 1,435,453.
    Even Bodybuilding.com has 1,118,679!
     
  15. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    its interesting to see the rate of new members increasing so rapidly over time.

    good work to the mods,admins, and knox for keeping it all going and growing.
     
  16. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Guess we need to get the word out! :)

    Wow, 200,000 registered members.

    Quite an accomplishment I would say.
     
  17. JML42691 macrumors 68020

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    Wow, and I though we may have been among one of the largest, congrats MR!! It seems like we hit a new milestone here about every other day now. Here is to 300,000!!

    I predict 1,000,000 by 2011.
     
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  19. kabunaru Guest

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    What if there's going to be too many people and the servers cannot handle them all? :eek: ;)
     
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    If more and more people accessed the same servers with the same available bandwidth, response time would go down. That's why, over time, MacRumors adds more capacity to keep pace.
     
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    Wow, great news. Glad to hear my favorite website is doing well.
     

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