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Our history at internet speed...
This article is woefully outdated, but still provides insight into the events
that eventually brought us to where we are today. Emerging from the humble beginnings described
below, Universal Networks web sites now reach tens of thousands of people every month.
Universal Networks (then called TWN Media) was founded in June of 1996 with a
mission of creating and marketing a "online network of sites". After several unsuccessful
attempts, Uninet decided to change directions and give people website components. To
carry out this mission Uninet Perl Co. (then called TWN Perl Co.) was founded, and it has
since grown into a popular resource of open source web tools and affordable design services.
May of 1997 was a month of continued growth for us as hits went to around 110 a day,
and we lauched another script, GuestCall,
guestbook. GuestCall, along with our original two scripts - Count+Stat and StatsPlus - are still the
most popular of our tools.
In June of 1997, our company, still under the name TWN Media, opened TWN Ad Networks,
for the purpose of selling ads on our site. The problem with TWN Ad Networks was it didn't have any sales reps,
and because of this, it didn't sell any ads. In September of 1997 we disolved TWN Ad Networks, and went on the
search for a ad network to join.
As TWN Media celebrated 1 year of service, we were also
looking for a company to replace TWN Ads (or maybe we shouldn't say replace, since TWN Ads never
sold an ad). And just when TWN Media was thinking they should just stick with TWN Ads, we found
Burst! Media, LLC, and worked with them to start selling ads on
Uninet's web sites. Burst! Media and Uninet continue to work together to this day.
As TWN Perl Co. became the center of attention
here it was, as you would expect, expanded upon. In October of '97 TWN Perl Co.'s site was redesigned,
in November we intoduced Go2It!, and in December we introduced CStat Digit Center (now the Web Tools Network Digit Center).
December also brought on our very first application for Microsoft Windows, called Holiday Rush, a free christmas gift for
our loyal users.
1998 brought lots of change for us, first with the launch of ReadyForm, and then later in the year with
a new name and a new look - Universal Networks™ (Uninet). The name change represented our completely renovated focus
from 1996 when we were founded.
Within a year of the name change, we had moved to our new domain name (Uninetsolutions.com), launched another
free program - MailIt! 99, and repackaged all of our free Perl scripts under the GNU General Public License (an "open source" license).
This year (2000) looks to be even more exciting, with several new scripts, including Project Abacus (the successor to Count+Stat and StatsPlus)
on the horizon. We also have big plans on a soon to be unvailed web-dev network. Right now, we are expanding in all kinds of directions, and we need to know if they are the right
ones. So if you don't mind, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org,
and tell us.
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|June 1996||TWN Media Ltd. founded|
|August 1996||"The Web Network" website opens|
|October 1996||"The Web Network" website is revamped.|
|December 1996||"TWN97", larger network of bulleten boards, and ezines planned|
|February 1997||"TWN97" goes live, moving to a new home on serve.com.|
|March 1997||CGI/Perl developements begin|
|April 4, 1997||TWN Perl Company formed|
|April 7, 1997||TWN Perl Company site launched|
|April 10, 1997||StatsPlus, and Count+Stat Hosted Edition (Now called No SSI+ CStat), join Count+Stat as the second and third free scripts|
|May 5, 1997||GuestCall, Guestbook launched as third script (Count+Stat Hosted Edition not counted, its a version of Count+Stat)|
|June 1997||TWN Media Ltd. closes services other than TWN Perl Co. and SmartSearch|
|June 20, 1997||TWN Media Ltd. launches TWN Ads Network to sell ads on TWN Perl Company's site|
|July 1997||SmartSearch re-designed|
|August 1997||TWN Media Ltd. celebrates one year of online service|
|September 1997||TWN Perl Co. discontinues Count+Stat Hosted Edition|
|September 1997||TWN Ad Network closed, TWN signs up with Burst! Media to sell ads|
|October 1997||TWN Perl Company's site, and SmartSearch get a new look|
|November 1997||Go2It! Navigation script launches on TWN Perl Company's site|
|November 1997||TWN Perl Co. reintroduces Count+Stat Hosted Edition, under the new name of No SSI+ CStat|
|December 1997||TWN Perl Co. gives away a free holiday game for Windows ®|
|January 1998||TWN Perl Co. continues to prosper as it enters the new year|
|Febuary 1998||CGI Yellow Pages, a directory of Perl/Shell scripts opens|
|Febuary 1998||SmartSearch closed to be redesigned|
|March, 19 1998||First major redesign of TWN Perl Company site|
|March, 19 1998||New Multimedia area launched|
|March, 19 1998||ReadyForm 1.0 launched|
|April, 1998||Server down for a record 8+ hours during prime business hours.|
|April, 1998||TWN Media Ltd. Moves TWN Perl Company to twn.perlscripts.com.|
|April, 1998||TWN Media Ltd. disolves the SmartSearch project.|
|April, 1998||TWN Media Ltd. closes CGI Yellow Pages, renames the project to "Web-Site Resource Yellow Pages", and starts re-designing the site.|
|June, 1998||Due TWN Media Ltd.'s change of focus since it's founding, TWN becomes Universal Networks™ Communications Company (Uninet™) to better represent it's focus.|
|June, 1998||The TWN, Uninet, and Perl Company names are trademarked.|
|June, 1998||Uninet creates "The Website Network", or TWN project to merge various web site design resources|
|August 10, 1998||"Web-Site Resource Yellow Pages" renamed Resource-It! as it nears the final planning stages.|
|August, 1998||Another major web site reworking for the new Uninet name.|
|August, 1998||TWN Perl Company split in three parts (see next two entrees), and renamed Uninet Perl Company.|
|August, 1998||TWN, The Website Network lanched to replace the TWN Perl Company Media Center.|
|August, 1998||Uninet name replaces the Perl Co. name on web site consulting division.|
|August, 1998||All Uninet Perl Company scripts now licensed under the GNU GPL.|
|January, 1999||We are now located at Uninetsolutions.com!|
|Febuary, 1999||We have started phase one of a renovation of our entire system (the website, tech support, etc.). We introduced a new "portal" like front page.|
|March 17, 1999||MailIt! 99 (first release) launched.||March, 1999||We continue our renovation with various modifications, including new images for the front page.|
|November 20, 1999||We finished the web site renovations we started in February.|
|December, 1999||The Resource-It! project is disolved, to be replaced with a web-dev e-zine/portal site in the new year.|
|January, 2000||We have exciting new traffic projections for Y2K, it looks like we should get over 2.3 million hits (235,000+ unique visitors) this year.|
|June 7, 2000||GuestCall 2000, a much advanced successor to the original GuestCall, is launched|
|October, 2000||Development of the SAFARI Content Management System is announced.|
|June 25, 2001||The innovative FaithTree.com Christian portal and metasearch engine is launched.|
|September, 2001||SAFARI's development code is placed in SourceForge.net CVS under the GNU General Public License|
|October 5, 2001||Open for Business, the Open Source migration journal, is launched with great success.|
|December 31, 2001||SAFARI, now known as SAFARI IssueWorks, is released in beta form.|
|May, 2002||Open for Business is reorganized to offer more original content and news summaries. With the changes in effect, popularity skyrockets.|
|July 2, 2002||Uninet's Open for Business unit joins with LinuxandMain, LLC; DeviceForge, LLC; and KernelTrap.org, to create LinuxDailyNews, a news portal aimed to provide easy access to each member site's content.|