This is a milestone of sorts. 776 have confirmed. This percentage will rise, as we’ve had 200 new users confirm in the last 11 hours. We also now have a mechanism to confirm users who could not do so themselves by email.
We upgraded yesterday afternoon to a much more powerful server and are now ready to receive new users.
Previously we had a Celeron 1.0 GHz with 128 MB memory. We now have a Single Quad-Core Xeon X3210 2.13 GHz with 2 GB (maybe 4GB) of memory – so we’ve grown 8 fold (possibly 16 fold).
This will cost us £200 a month to maintain. We’ll need to start raising money in a month or two to pay for this.
This morning, I wrote to the more than 50,000 people on our English language mailing list to invite them to join. We had 573 confirmed users of UnionBook when I did that. We should have over 1,000 sometime today.
OK, we’ll need a more powerful server — I’ve already asked around and we’re going to have to upgrade within the next couple of days.
I announced UnionBook today to all LabourStart correspondents (530+), to members of our group on Facebook (1,887), to supporters of our 3 causes on Facebook – Oak Harbor (2,009), Iran (1,882) and South Korea (3,480), to the Free the Blackadder One group (2,349), to our UnionBook users (523) and with a posting on my blog (http://www.ericlee.info).
Naturally, one minute after I did that, the site froze, I rebooted it, and it crashed. Kevin Jardine came to the rescue (this is way outside normal working hours) and we’re back online.
Let’s hope the crash was caused by the mass mailing and nothing else and that we can stay afloat until we move to a new server. I’m thinking of upgrading from the lowest end (around £25 a month) to the most powerful Memset has to offer (£350 a month) in the hope that after a month or two, we’ll be able to raise money specifically for this once unions see the benefits.
I hope this is only the beginning and am glad that several groups (UE, USLEAP and others) are actively promoting their candidacies. Here’s the vote totals now – keep in mind that I haven’t made any effort yet to weed out duplicates and ballot stuffing:
Union Songs 120
Our Times 118
New Unionism network 116
Anarcho Syndicalist review 35
Union Renewal 9
360 votes cast so far, and without taking into account duplicates (so this is pretty rough), here’s where we stand:
- Our Times 60
- CUPE 40
- IWW 39
- Solidarity 36
- UE 35
- Union Songs 29
- New Unionism network 23
- Anarcho Syndicalist review 19
- PGFTU 17
- Teamsters 15
- USLEAP 11
- Union Renewal 2
There’s a new, simple ballot which I’ve written for this year’s competition for the Labour Website of the Year. You may begin voting today- go here.
To see raw data on votes (including duplicates – ballot stuffing) go here.
I will publicize this to the nominated sites tomorrow and to our list on Thursday.
But feel free to start publicizing this to your lists now.
As you can see here, voting is now over to select the short-list for this year’s Labour Website of the Year competition.
I’ve just now blocked the page to vote on the short-list. No further votes will be allowed.
A total of 34 LabourStart correspondents voted, selecting an average of 5 sites each.
Here is the shortlist (the top 12):
Voting will begin among our subscribers later this week.
We’ve sold 96 copies of the book for £10 each, making this one of the most successful efforts we’ve ever had with online marketing.
Copies were ordered by our readers in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Ireland, Germany, China (Hong Kong), and South Korea.
Packaging and addressing all the books is taking time, but everything should go out in the next few days.