[svlug] Linux in many more press releases
chris at dibona.com
Wed Sep 16 08:15:13 PDT 1998
I attribute it to comdex more than svlug, much as I love svlug, I don't
think we have that kind of influence...yet.
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On Wed, 16 Sep 1998, Ian Kluft wrote:
> I'm not sure if word has been getting around or if this would have happenned
> anyway... But just ten days after SVLUG started a home-page newsfeed of all
> press releases and news on Yahoo Business News that contain the word "Linux",
> average daily traffic on the topic has more than doubled. It was 1-2 per
> day before we started. Now it's 2-4 per day and there were 7 on Monday!
> I wonder if word like this gets around in the PR circles and they're
> deliberately referring to Linux more often. "If you mention Linux on your
> press release, SVLUG will link to it automatically." (Though maybe only
> briefly if a lot of Linux-related press releases show up the same day and
> scroll it off the list.) Or maybe our cron job's every-20-minute searches
> for Linux on Yahoo triggered it for higher demand. In any case, this is
> good - I like the thought that more organizations could be taking advantage
> of this by mentioning Linux. I also like the thought that SVLUG could have
> yet again been a catalyst for change in favor of Linux.
> Then again, Comdex/Enterprise could also have contributed to that.
> (And SVLUG was there too.) We'll have to keep an eye on the situation
> to see if the trend continues.
> If this keeps up, I think I might release the code for other Linux user
> groups to do the same thing on their web sites. Even though it would steal
> some of SVLUG's thunder, it would be a big win for Linux.
> Ian Kluft KO6YQ PP-ASEL Cisco Systems, Inc.
> ikluft at cisco.com (work) ikluft at thunder.sbay.org (home) San Jose, CA
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