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Peterborough Community Website - www.peterborough.net - is celebrating ten years online!

In June 1998 there was a tidal wave in New Guinea, and in Jamaica the citizens were raising a stink about a sewage problem. However, at the same time something very good was happening in Peterborough. The team at InternetNow! were busy developing and creating a new website to provide an online presence for the City and surrounding area.

This new portal site went live in June 1998. A site that previously existed, Citygate, had primarily covered the City’s history, when it closed around the same time the new InternetNow! site became the only online resource dedicated to the Peterborough Community.

InternetNow! specifically aimed to build an online community that was about what is happening today rather than the past; content that was for the community, about the community and, hopefully, part of the community. This is an aim that has remained current throughout the decade and continues.

Content Editor Jenny Mogford said: “It was an uphill task at the beginning sourcing content. It’s quite amazing to think that when we started there were no local newspaper sites; there wasn’t even a City Council site. There were fewer internet users in general and many of our visitors accessed the web from their workplace or from a library.

“I remember we all got very excited when we hit 500 visitors per month and we were really thrilled to see people posting on our message board, building the first threads on what would eventually become our very busy Forum.”

The wide adoption of the Peterborough Community Website Forum as a popular place for local people to exchange sometimes controversial views and ideas may well have contributed to the site’s early success.

Today Peterborough Community Website attracts a regular audience in excess 55,000 visitors who view more than half a million pages each month, which include discussions in the forum area, magazine style articles, a comprehensive directory of local websites, job vacancies, news, what’s on and more.

“We definitely believe we have a lot to celebrate and we are going to make a year of it. We are putting our heads together to come up with some very special offers and we intend to run some memorable competitions throughout the period. Obviously, we wanted to start off in style, so it had to be Champagne!” Jenny concluded.

Why not join in and help Peterborough Community Website celebrate by entering the 10th Anniversary Champagne Draw?

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