On this day in December 1998, WorldTribune began daily publication in what were then the heady “Wild West” days of Internet media. We have not missed a weekday since despite the infrequent hacking attacks from rogue nation malcontents and server meltdowns. In early 2001, we launched Geostrategy-Direct.com on the theory that advertising was not going to prove adequate to sustain a publishing enterprise in the digital era. We were right. In 2003, we launched EastAsiaIntel.com.
To mark this publishing landmark, following is an article from 2000 which recalls an earlier era in WorldTribune’s publishing history.
We extend our best holiday greetings to our worldwide readership along with some good news: The new Smart Phone-friendly WorldTribune is almost ready to launch! Also, some exciting new features and columnists will be headed your way in 2016. May God bless and protect your families and the Free Press in the New Year. – The Editors
World Tribune.com pulled off the air on its biggest news day ever
Editors’ Note: The following story received the most page views on a single day of any WorldTribune article thanks to a link from DrudgeReport.com.
Friday, October 13, 2000
Little did we suspect, when we began publishing World Tribune.com two years ago, that on the biggest news day of its short life, our web host would take us off the air.
Such is the price of success in cyberspace. Conspiracy? Well at best it was no way to run a business. We won’t say more at this stage.
Shortly after sending out our daily e-mail headline alerts, our Jerusalem associates with Middle East Newsline came through with the story which we headlined: “Israel strikes, Palestinian Authority declares war.” We checked and saw that the wires were not yet out with the story.
Drudgereport.com almost immediately posted our story on one of our biggest news days ever. Within two hours, our web host called and informed us they could not handle the traffic and that they had closed us down permanently.
It took us all day to recover lost files some of which had been deleted by our web host in their rush to take us off the air. We are not all the way back yet.
Please bear with us and please send out the word to your friends and associates that WorldTribune is not ready to quit anytime soon. Our e-mail headline alerts will begin again just as soon as we recover the addresses and establish a new system.
Thank you and may God bless!