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|MU, You're 14!
It's a few days late, but I just wanted to say Happy Birthday MU! It's hard to believe that it's been such a long time. I know I don't do this usually, but this birthday is special. Read on to find out why...
Some interesting facts from when the site was founded:
- In 2004, cell phones were still just barely in their infancy. Flip phones were the norm, and the first iPhone wouldn't be released until 2007, almost 3 years later.
- IE6, Netscape 7.2, Firefox 1.0, and Safari 1.2 were the primary browsers. Chrome wouldn't launch for another 4 years in 2008. Developing this site usually involved having IE6 and Netscape open, and ensuring that every change (written in notepad) worked in both browsers. Those were the days ...
- Facebook was founded in February. Google is at $85 a share. Social media site Digg launches. World of Warcraft launches. Reddit and YouTube aren't launched till a year later. Twitter doesn't launch until 2006. MySpace was only launched in the previous year.
Fourteen years before 2004 was 1990. In that year, the first website was launched at CERN. The first web-browser was created by Tim Berners-Lee. The Internet was fourteen years old when MU was created, and it's been exactly fourteen years now since then. After today, there will officially be more time since MU was created and now than between the time the Internet started and MU began.
How long can she go? Here's for another 14!
|Posted by Manick on July 23rd 6:56am
Only if we can update the design a little
Remember when it use to be 800 x 600? Those were the days.
Honestly I love the site because they don't move things around and it's so lightweight. Facebook's perpetual load on my old Firefox will crash the browser because it never stops loading and runs out of memory. That's poor design (and I haven't logged on in a month and want to see everything).
Happy birthday! Here's to many more years of MU! 😃
Lol, I thought the site was older, but this is still an important day.
Hopefully, their are many years to go!
lambchopsil is right, it needs an update. As well as the design as some functions are outdated.
Wait, what? Internet is only 28 years old? I'm older than the internet?!! 😲
And I'm only 1 year younger 🤣 Damn, now I feel ancient!
The internet protocol was in use for significantly longer--computers talking to each other is all that "the internet" is. But yes, the first actual website, and therefore the point of an "internet browser", was made that late. Actually it was August 1991 that it went live, not 1990.
It's kind of amazing to think that I might be one of the longest-active members here apart from the admins. I had no idea that MU was so young when I first started using it back in 2008.
Anyway! A Very Happy Birthday, MU, and thanks for always being awesome! Here's to many more years of being the best manga info site on the web!
That's quite amazing! Happy birthday MU
WOW, that was quite amazing fact to know. Especially how much difficulty to develop this site a that time. When there are no sophisticate development tools available in this age.
I hope MU will be there for infinite years later 🙂
Heh, cell phones...? I remember having a pager and pulling over to catch a pay phone whenever I'd get beeped and that being the cutting edge of technological advances. The first cell phones I remember seeing looked like old-style field walkie talkies and they came in like a briefcase set-up they were so big and bulky. Yeah, don't get me going on feeling "old" 😀
A very happy birthday, and much thanks to everybody for helping keeping it going and wishes for another 14+ years or so 🙂
This little message really makes you think about how things changed in such a short time and how time flies. Also, you put a lot of effort to create this wonderful place where our community can unite and discuss about manga. I really want to thank you for working so hard for such a long time. You have come a long way and I hope we will be able to celebrate many more anniversaries together! Happy birthday, MU!
This is one of my favourite manga websites all time, and it's nice to see how dedicatedly admins and contributors put their efforts to make MU a better place for readers everyday.
Happy birthday! 🙂
Happy Birthday! Man, time sure does fly. In less than a year I'll have been a member for 10 years 😁
Has been a member for more than 10 years now.
Holy crap does time fly. I can't believe I've been using this site so long. Well, there have been many changes (some bad, some good) but I don't know what I'd do without this place. Thanks!
Wow, happy birthday!
I don't think I'd be reading manga anymore if not for this site so thanks a lot for your work.
Happy birthday MU! Been lurking since '05 – when I was a kid in 4th grade!
Happy birthday, MU!
Man, I remember when I first joined MU, I had just gotten off dial-up and while my internet was still slow as molasses (I literally brought a book to the computer room and read it while waiting for pages to load), it was still a treat not to have to reconnect the internet whenever my grandma decided to use the phone. (And, yes, I was one of those rare kids who still had dial-up into 2008... My mom still used floppy disks back then.) I used a flip/slide phone up until 2013 too, so I guess our family is just really slow on the technological updates.
On that note, while an updated MU design would be great, I'm still fond of MU's current design. It was one of the few sites that loaded with little problems back when I was on (extremely slow) DSL.
Thanks, MU, for always being here even in the "old" days of the internet!
Wow. It's been 14 years?? Amazinggg. Here's to 14 more!
And the site still looks as ancient as it ever did (not a bad thing 😛). Kinda hoping nothing changes aesthetics wise but at the same time a revamp would be nice. Its a pretty conflicting feeling. Looking forward to looking back again 14 years from now!
Beautiful post. I've met some great people through this website. 👌 (including the person above me)
Happy Birthday MU! Thanks for the trip down memory lane 😀
Happy birthday MU! It's been a long ride. Started lurking on this site in my teen years and now here we are. I am not as active as I was before, but lots of good memories were made.
~*~ Happy B-Day~*~
I love MU. Thank you all for all these years. <3
<3 <3 <3 <3 <3
I've been here for 11 of those 14 years. Man I miss the old firefox, when it wasn't the bloated pos it is now today.
Happy birthday! I've been here since '07. Crazy.
Happy birthday mangaupdates. Its a well deserved 14 years. It's a great website still and i hope it will be here for many more years!! I have been here for 11 years already. Crazy!! 😲
Congratulations! I've been reading manga for fun and as a way to understand Japanese culture ever since 2009. For most of that period I could not have found a tenth of the fun and interesting manga I read without consulting Manga-Updates. Thanks so much!
Happy birthday to MU, and may there be many more to come <3 Thank you for all of your hard work on creating/running/maintaining this site!
Happy birthday MU!! Been with this site, under one name or another, for well over 10 years. Even in the years where I wasn't reading much manga, I could still rely on MU to keep track of the few series I did read. Thank you guys for keeping this project going.
Happy Birthday, MU!!!❤
I remember I was still using Windows XP when I first joined here.
Happy belated birthday MU!
I can’t believe I’ve been searching here for 10 years. Thanks for the great idea, and great service. 🙇🏻♀️
Congrats MU, it was been a long Journey!
Can't believe 2004 was 14 years ago. I wasn't even into anime and manga yet at that time, let alone a visitor of MU.
pls don't make any changes, i love this site current design, youtube, facebook, twitter & many other sites keep making big changes when its already near perfect & i hate it whenever they make unnecessary awful changes...
Happy Birthday, MU!
So happy I found this site and even more happy that the site has not changed. I love the way it is and honestly, hope it doesn't change. Viva la MU! 😀
Man, I'm already a member here for more than 9 years mmm...
Happy bitrhday MU!! I appreciate the continued effort the staff have poured into it over the years. I don't know how else I'd keep track of my manga consumption if this site didn't exist.
Happy Birthday MU!
I think I've been following this site for at least 10 yrs.
Wow...how things change....I'm about to age myself, but I graduated high school in 2004. I remember MySpace being all the rage, AIM was also going strong...
Ok I'm old...
I couldn't possibly live without MU!
That being said, I'd love seeing an android version of the site!
I have to ask, why didn't you guys ever run ads? I love the site so much I wouldn't mind it having ads crawling ALL over the humongous free space on the sides of the page which probably would amont to way more than donations.
How time flies.
Happy belated birtday, MU.