英語部落格: English.com.tw 06202005 memo
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2005/07/06
English.com.tw 06202005 memo
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作者: David (10:26 am)
Hello all,

To begin, I want to first apologize for this long email. I just want to touch base with all of you and bring everyone into one email chain.

Most of you already know that I have just been through one of the biggest events of my life, the birth of my second baby, and bringing my family back to the States from Taiwan. That is the reason why you have not seen me on English.com.tw as frequently as before.

Now with everything settling down, and my gaining some free time, I want to write you this email and say thank you! Your efforts and support are what kept English.com.tw growing and allowed me to spend more time with my family: Ellen and I want to say thank you!

I know all of you enjoy spending your spare time on English.com.tw, helping out others and asking for nothing in return. However, I still want to do something for you. The least I can do is to recognize you on English.com.tw where you spend your valuable time helping others. So, in the next few weeks I will update the “About Us“ page (http://english.com.tw/modules/about/index.php), and I am asking you to send me one or two paragraphs of your personal biography in Chinese to be put on the “About Us” page. Include details that you wish others to know about you. And if you are interested in managing the English.com.tw beyond what you already do, I will be more than glad to open English.com.tw up to you in other respects, such as newsletter operation, etc and I will provide more detail on this in my next email.

With all that said, I want to share with you what you have helped to accomplish in the past few months, what’s new in terms of English.com.tw and the Taiwanese media, what new features are being planned for English.com.tw, and where English.com.tw is headed.

First, accomplishments: At this point, with no cash flow (or negative cash flow); our accomplishments can only be measured by our daily traffic, member base, and our popularity. In terms of traffic, our daily average IP traffic is now about 1,900 (1,900 unique machines/IP used to connect to English.com.tw every 24 hours period), and our member base is growing by an average of 30 new members per day, which doubles what we had a quarter ago! If this growth stays on a linear path, we will see our 10,000th member by the end of the third quarter of 2005! For a startup website, this is pretty impressive. I did some SEOs (Search Engine Optimizations), which helped us to be listed on top of some well known search engines, therefore if you search on Google or Yahoo with some English related keywords (in Chinese), you can’t avoid stumbling into English.com.tw! I drove in the users, and you helped to keep them here. Together, we are creating THE Taiwan English portal. We have no competitors that come close to matching us.

As to our relationship with the media, I was interviewed by some of the well known Taiwanese magazines while I was there last month and one of which, 講義 (http://magazines.sina.com.tw/betterlife/contents/20050705/index.html) has already decided to publish its article about me in their July or August issue. During the interview with 講義, I mentioned English.com.tw repeatedly in hope that they would write more about English.com.tw. Also during these interviews, I met quite a few reporters and am trying to become good friends with them. They agreed to pass on our information to their reporter friends and see if they can help us generate more publicity for English.com.tw.

New functionality: I still plan to add A/V (audio/visual) chat capabilities for English.com.tw, although I am just not sure about its timeline. Besides A/V chat, I have lined up the following services to be added: 1. English version of user interface on English.com.tw [Vic says: Very important, if you want to attract other native English speakers like myself], 2. Classified section, and 3. English.com.tw newsletter function. I plan to put in the English user interface capability and classified section before the third quarter of this year and, depending on resources (time and cash), A/V chat and the newsletter may go in before the end of this year. Please let me know what you think about this.

Last but not least, our vision. I was often asked during my interviews: How do I position English.com.tw and where is it headed? Here is what I said to them. English.com.tw is a p2p (peer to peer) dot com and a media company. The p2p definition here is different than p2p definition defined by Napster. By p2p, I mean peers helping peers. English.com.tw provides a platform on the Internet for people to interact with one another in the interest of improving their English! It’s just a forum, a BBS, a chat room and a group of nice people formed into an English online community. The concept is simple yet powerful. Our traffic is golden for English-related product/service providers to advertise to, and our member base has the highest density of targeted customers that they can’t afford to miss. The name, English.com.tw provides us with large advantage, and I do plan to leverage it and turn English.com.tw into the English portal website in Taiwan and an online media company. After all, how difficult is it to remember the name English.com.tw?

Once again, I hope you see what you have helped accomplish in the past few months, and I want you to know that I really appreciate your efforts. Once English.com.tw starts to have a positive cash flow, I will make sure that I thank you in a more meaningful way. Before that, just know that you are doing good deeds by helping others.

Once again, thank you!

- Dave
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