Bells didn't go off and confetti didn't fall from the sky but it was still a major milestone.
Earlier this week, Rockne Newell of Stroudsburg, Pa., did what plenty of Notes and Domino professionals had done before -- he registered for searchDomino. What makes Newell's registration stand out is that he is the site's 100,000th member.
SearchDomino has come a long way since it was first launched in August 1999 by TechTarget, the Needham, Mass.-based company that manages a portfolio of more than 20 technology-focused Web portals. Back then, searchDomino featured the Lotus market's latest news, a search engine and some links to good Notes and Domino Web resources. The site also had just a handful of registered users. By today's standards, it was bare bones.
It has come a long way.
Today it is the Web's largest Notes and Domino resource. Many would argue that it's also the most complete. In addition to its much improved search engine, news coverage and Best of Web Domino and Notes links, the site also offers expert technical advice, including three interactive discussion forums, developer and administrator tips, daily Domino and Notes news and information from the Web, an online bookstore, interactive audio chats and more.
Longtime member D. Bret Gaskins, a Notes and Domino project manager at Martin Scott Consulting, Vienna, Va., was among the first 10 people to register for the site. Although he has "no idea how I found out about it," Gaskins said he quickly became a regular user.
Since registering, Gaskins has changed jobs and questioned the future of Domino. But through it all he relied on searchDomino's news and information to keep him abreast of the market's changes.
"I use the site for news and off and on for tips. Although I am not a huge contributor to some of the forums, I read the newsletter, '' said Gaskins, who has worked with Notes and Domino since 1994. Registered users can opt to receive daily news e-mails, developer and administrator tips, as well as announcements of upcoming special events on the Web site.
SearchDomino's Site Editor Joyce Chutchian, who has been with searchDomino from the first, engineered its growth. She oversaw the addition of several Domino experts to share their knowledge on the site, discussion forums for exchanging ideas online and tip contests that reward users who provide the best technical information.
"We have a really active membership," Chutchian said. "Our users never shy away from sharing their expertise. It's great to have a big membership, but it's even better to have an active one with such dedicated members."
The site's rapid growth is attributed in part to its acquisition of Lotus 411, another Domino Web resource, in June 2000. Along with Lotus 411 came its tens of thousands of members and it's infamous Dog Pound discussion forum.
New member Newell said he does not know how he found the site because he spends a lot of time surfing. He builds computers systems and runs the computers at a Harley Davidson dealership, where he is now working on a wireless network between emptying the garbage cans and stocking the cooler. He said he registered because he is interested in Lotus products.
Newell will receive a searchDomino denim shirt for becoming the 100,000th member. The other 99,999 members receive the site's thanks for making searchDomino a valuable resource and a great online community.