all about beards made its first appearance on the web on the 17th of January of 1996. The site’s original objective was to promote beards in a positive manner. Thirteen years later, all about beards is the longest-running beard site on the web and the site remains dedicated to its original mission. We have come a long way, but there’s much more in store. With an eye on a bright future, our thirteenth anniversary year promises to be the best yet!
At 8:42 PM PST, the counter in the galleries hit the seven million mark! We hit six million back on October 22, 2008. I would have liked to hit seven million by the end of 2008. But I’m happy to start off this early in 2009 with such a great milestone. Keep viewing those great beards in the galleries!
So which photo was the lucky number seven million? Well, this time I was at the keyboard and was able to see which one it was. It was this photo of Andrew:
Click on the image above to see the larger version.
At the end of June, the galleries hit five million views. Late this evening, the counter clicked over to six million views. I wasn’t at the keyboard when it happened. I missed seeing it by 188 views. So I don’t readily know who was lucky number six million. At five million it was Jason (although it was not this photo — this one does not appear in the galleries at this time):
Click on the photo above to go to Jason’s beard feature.
At 9:55 PM PDT tonight, the counter on the beards.org photo gallery hit five million views! Amazingly, it was on today’s date exactly one year ago that the gallery hit two million views. Tonight’s achievement of the five million mark is a symbolic milestone because of the counter reading. However, the actual count is already higher than that for a number of reasons. A server failure prior to hitting the two-million mark caused a rollback of the counter. Deleting photos from the gallery causes their view numbers to get subtracted from the count. Also, Salvatore’s videos had high numbers of views that no longer show in the count because I took them offline. I took them offline because they were consuming too much bandwidth.
So which photo was lucky number five million on the counter tonight? It was this photo of Jason:
Click on the thumbnail image to view the larger image in the gallery.