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We're 19!
In the past 19 years, the Internet has changed. Creating a website is more accessible, but most people don't do it. It's much easier to stay close to one of the major platforms where the people are. It seems everyone recently discovered that websites can't exist on ad revenue alone and that tech workers cost a lot of money. Will this continue to centralize content and reduce diversity?

Content itself has changed as well. In order to attract people, we've reverted to emotional tactics. Everyone is stuck in personalization echo chambers. Deceptive headlines grab people's attention and most article text is about instilling a reaction. This has filtered down into how we react with each other in comments as well. It's more common to find personal expressions of rage rather than interesting contributions to topics. You also can't trust if a comment thread reflects the actual sentiment of the population due to the fact that most of the comments might be fake due to bots. We need to gauge ourselves continuously against the unfiltered and unpersonalized sentiment of the world in order to make effective personal decisions, and it is becoming much more difficult to find a reliable source for that information. Where will this information come from in the next 19 years?

At the same time though, new AI technologies like stable diffusion (like midjourney) and large language models (like ChatGPT) have made it much easier for more people to express themselves. I feel like most of our problems come from people's inability to communicate effectively with each other and simultaneously understand whether they are being influenced, and these tools show a lot of promise at changing that. We are at the cusp of having oracle machines and automated assistants. These personal companions, kind of like a fiduciary, will care about us at our most vulnerable and malleable stages in life and help us navigate the world without the threat of being taken advantage of by unscrupulous grifters and malicious actors. To have someone (or something) deeply care about each of our circumstances will be game changing for mental health and personal empowerment. That is a future I want to subscribe to. 👍

Thank you everyone for your continued patronage. The world has changed significantly in that time and websites have come and gone. I'm happy that we have been able to last this long. I hope to see you all in another year!
Posted by Manick on 
July 20th 6:57am
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» calstine on July 20th, 2023, 7:39am

Happy 19th Birthday, and here's to many more!!! 🥳️🎉🥂

(To think I've been here for 14 of those 19 years... Time sure does fly!)


» catandmouse on July 20th, 2023, 8:28am

Wow, 19.
I actually thought the website was older.

Congrats on 19 and hope for another 19


» database_animal on July 20th, 2023, 9:11am

So thankful for Mangaupdates!! Happy bday!


» kurotaito on July 20th, 2023, 11:14am

Happy 19th! Can't wait for 20.


» residentgrigo on July 20th, 2023, 11:28am

MU never found an alternative even into the 2020s so this early Web 2.0 relic continues to not only retain its significance as a database but is also growing due to other sites having collapsed. It is tolerable at best to use on a phone but 2-decade old websites be like that. I have memories from 2006 of using the site as a database despite a 2008 account but didn´t use it to track anything back then due to having a reading list on mangatraders. RIP.


» kamishiro on July 21st, 2023, 12:07am

I miss the old internet, forums, irc, blogs, scanlators actually trying to bring awareness of titles to be officially licensed etc
It's great to see MU still around and kicking!


» pyonk on July 21st, 2023, 7:06am

Happy Bday MU!
I remember last time I got $10 to buy manga 😁
Thank you MU for the past 10 years, and Manick, thank you for always be here as well 😉


» Sasuke149 on July 21st, 2023, 7:09am

Happy birthday! Still my favorite site on the internet. Don’t know what I would do without you guys.


» kaloo on July 21st, 2023, 11:26am

I've been here too long. If this website ever changes I'll cry.


» ShinKang on July 21st, 2023, 1:11pm

Happy birthday! This place is like that noodle shop tucked away in the corner of a back alley to me, old and look outdated but if something happen to it I'll probably cry, so keep on keeping on and I hope to it reach 20 and beyond ❤️


» svines85 on July 21st, 2023, 6:04pm

Yes indeed, Happy Birthday! 🙂

And you're right, I'm continually amazed that after all this time nobody has realized I'm a bot 😀


» juliarox214 on July 21st, 2023, 9:31pm

Happy 19th birthday! I've been here almost 17 of those years 😳 Took a little break in the middle and came right back about 8 years ago. So happy it's still around, and yes I will also cry if it ever changes.


» narengoku on July 22nd, 2023, 5:15am

19 Years and mangaupdates is still my homepage on my laptop and phone.
Thank you for keeping the best site alive.


» FrUk91 on July 22nd, 2023, 6:33am

Congrats on 19 years of keeping this site live!!


» Karonhioktha on July 22nd, 2023, 1:51pm

Congrats on this milestone! I hope for many more years ahead for the site. Thanks for the dev's hard work.


» Lenalee-hime on July 22nd, 2023, 4:40pm

MU is part of my reality as much as Google is. I could do with another search engine, not without MU !
Keep up the good work and thank you !!


» CoolingPad on July 22nd, 2023, 11:53pm

Happy birthday! I've been here since around 2013 I guess time flew without me realizing it. Everytime I went into MU and see the stuff that I've seen 10 years ago, the same pages, same features makes me a little bit happy that there are something that are still unchanged. Thanks for being here !


» ciel_bleu on July 23rd, 2023, 6:15am

Happy 19th! MU continues to be a crucial aid in my journey of discovering newer stories and genres. Thank you for keeping the site alive and updated. It's a wonderful reflection of what the internet commons can do for a community and you guys are indispensable for many of us.


» mallika23 on July 23rd, 2023, 2:48pm

Happy birthday! I found MU in 2008 and it has been a few years since I first created an account here. Always love to have you guys!


» mimi201 on July 23rd, 2023, 6:39pm

😮 omg 19!!! Geez almost 20.
I cannot believe I have been a member of BakaUpdates for 13 years!! Back when the mangas I would read were SkipBeat, Special A, etc. Cheers to another 19 years!


» kikiugly on August 11th, 2023, 11:07pm

Happy Birthday, MU!!! I'm so so so grateful that this site still exists!


» LazyReviewer on August 17th, 2023, 2:11am

Amazing how much time has passed, congrats on such a successful website.

Way too naive about AI—that will only exacerbate the problems mentioned—but it is interesting to see how far we've come and consider what the future may look like.


» MelonnBreadd on August 17th, 2023, 3:11pm

Bit late to the party, but congrats! I've barely been here compared to some of yall, but i'm still super happy MU has managed to still be active after so long! Here's to many more years!