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Pinboard Turns Seven

Ever feel like just wiping your servers and running off to Mexico?

Heh, don't worry, that's just the whiskey talking. Pinboard is seven years old today!

Here is the traditional set of statistics:

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
bookmarks 3.5 27 53 76 97 122 148
tags (M) 11 76 135 178 212 251 291
active users (K) 2.8 16 23 23 24 25 24
terabytes archived 0.2 3.0 5.9 8.8 14.2 20.9 24.8
unique URLs (M) 2.5 16 32 48 63 82 104
revenue (K) 117 178 181 175 193 160 234
funding (K) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

I've added revenue this year because I'm no longer afraid of competitors, and I'd like to encourage people who are considering doing their own one- or zero-person business. The site costs something like $17K/year to run, so you can make a good living at this artisanal SaaS stuff.

As you can see, most everything has been steady year-to-year for a while now. Revenue dropped a bit in 2015 (as I moved to an annual subscription system), then picked up substantially this year as the first wave of subscription renewals came due, and people had the option for renewing for multiple years.

I did almost nothing on the site this year except keep it running. Mainly I spent the year fomenting and profiting from online drama. But lately a kind of coding mood has descended on me, and I hope I can spend some time later in the summer figuring out how on earth the site works, and making some long-overdue improvements.

Thanks to everyone who has supported the site, whether you've just signed up, or are one of the mythical group of beta testers who started bookmarking with me back in 2009. You have helped me make the transition from unemployed to unemployable, and given me something worthwhile to work on in between running my mouth off.

Previous anniversary posts:

Pinboard Turns Six

Pinboard Is Four Years Old

Pinboard Turns Three

Two Years of Pinboard

One Year of Pinboard

—maciej on July 09, 2016

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