MUniversity of Minnesota

April 05, 2004

Release update

I just wanted to share some details about the release of UThink last Wednesday. Technically the release was a "quiet release" meaning we only shared the unveiling with a handful of people, about 35 if you'd like to know. Word of mouth has undoubtedly made that number increase, but we kept it quiet so that early adopters could give the system a try and report any bugs or difficulties they encounter. So far so good on that front. In the coming weeks we will start advertising the service more. We haven't even linked it on the libraries' home page.

That hasn't stopped people from checking the site out, though. One of the suggestions we received almost immediately is allowing blog owners to see statistics for their blog(s). I can assure you we will definitely look into this possibilty. For those of you that have already started blogs let me just say your sites are getting hit a fair amount. For example, the blog Nine Tenths of the Universe has been hit 228 times since Wednesday, while the photoblog Typically Late has been hit 341 times. Again, I realize statistics are important, to new bloggers especially, so I'll try to speed things along on that front.

Finally, given that this is a site about blogs, it is only natural that other blogs start blogging about it. So far, a bunch of different blogs have written about UThink including Rawbrick.net, LibraryStuff.net, Many 2 Many, Figoblog, eCornell Research blog, and a humorous post from a student that doesn't have the pleasure of attending the U of M. There are others, but you get the picture.

If you haven't given UThink a try, what are you waiting for? Give it a try! You've got nothing to lose!

Posted by snackeru at April 5, 2004 10:06 AM