Monday, April 30, 2007

AcronymFinder.com Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary

Acronym Finder, the world’s largest and most trusted acronym and abbreviation reference source, celebrates its 10th year online.

Estes Park, Colorado May 1, 2007 – Mountain Data Systems LLC, the publisher of Acronym Finder (www.acronymfinder.com), announced that it is marking its tenth year online as the most respected and widely-used abbreviations reference source.

Mike Molloy, the founder and developer of AcronymFinder.com, said, “When I launched the site in 1997, I had two goals: I wanted to make available a database of abbreviations and acronyms I had collected since 1985; and I wanted to learn about web database programming. Acronym Finder wasn’t the first web-based abbreviations search site, but the day it went online, it became the largest human-edited collection available – and it still is.”

In early 1998, Acronym Finder was picked as a USA Today Hot Site, and was soon a Netscape Cool Site of the Day. Visits to the site soared, and many users began to suggest meanings for new abbreviations not found in the database. So many new meanings streamed in that Molloy had to develop a submission form to accept new entries and a custom software application to speed up verifying and editing all the new terms.

“I knew the abbreviations database might be very useful to others, but I had no idea how quickly it would be embraced and enhanced by web users all over the world,” Molloy says. People contributing to Acronym Finder were pioneers in what we now call “user-generated content.” The site launched with just over 43,000 entries and doubled in size in less than two years.

Molloy added, “Now, just ten years later, Acronym Finder has over 550,000 terms, and is still growing by an average of 200 new entries every day.” The site is queried around the clock by users worldwide, and in every conceivable discipline: K-12 and university students and educators; government and defense industry employees; medical transcriptionists; translators and interpreters, and anyone with a need to decipher the alphabet soup of letters that abbreviate often highly technical concepts.

The site’s rapid growth and popularity garnered further recognition in the press: two more USA Today Hot Site mentions; twice named as a PC Magazine Top 100 Website; Site of the Week in TechTV’s The ScreenSavers; and selected for the Britannica Internet Guide Award. Acronym Finder was also chosen for the Writer’s Digest Best Websites for Writers, and it made the list of Best Free Reference Websites selected by the American Library Association’s Machine-Assisted Reference Section. Most recently, Acronym Finder and its owners were featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal on January 13, 2007.

Acronym Finder also collaborates with, links with, or licenses content to other major web search and reference providers, including TheFreeDictionary.com, Reference.com, RefDesk.com, Ask.com, OneLook.com, and many others.

Molloy concluded, “We look forward to celebrating many more milestones in providing our high quality reference content to users around the world.”

About AcronymFinder.com:

The privately held AcronymFinder.com is the largest and most authoritative acronym and abbreviation reference website. Users from a wide variety of disciplines visit this free resource to look up acronyms from every imaginable subject area. Each month AcronymFinder.com receives over 1 million unique visitors from over 180 countries and answers more than 3 million acronym and abbreviation queries.

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Copyright © 2007, Mountain Data Systems, LLC

Press Contact
Mike Molloy
AcronymFinder.com
970-586-5556

19 comments:

Enigmati said...

Congratulations!
Riza Bërbatovci, contributor.

Jodevan said...

10 years making our life easier :)
Congratulations!!!

bahareh said...

congratulations! I LUV Acronymfinder!

JacobC said...

Congratulations. Thank you for such a helpful site.
JacobC
Mumbai

Mohanraj said...

Congratulations..
You done a very good job

Internet Safety Queen said...

Hi.

Wonderful tool!! Thank you for your hard work and dedication over the past 10 years.

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ed said...

Congratulations and thank you. This site has been helpful to me as a medical transcriptionist.

Bittu said...

Congratulations !!!!! n Thank you very much. As it helped me for my MBA entrance prepparations alot by which I get to know the various abbreviations which helped to clear my entrance exams too which includes written tests with GK n then in GDs n PIs. thanks a lot.

Derek Fisher said...

AF is great tool and have been in internet for over 10 years, but I didn't even hear about. But now there is no need for me to use a bulky paper dictionary.
Congratulations!

Maestra Ana Cristina said...

Supercongratulations!

Sultanm said...

I was among the earliest group of people using acronymfinder, since its url was something like ...mtnds/af... back in 1997/98 and have found it very useful. On behalf of its users, I thank everybody who contributed to its database by suggesting new meanings. I remember suggesting some myslef too ;)

Sultan

Denu said...

Hi

Congratulations.
AcronymFinder has been one of my most used tools for the past 3 years and on top of it, this is very reliable.

Sam said...

Congratulations...though i am a bit late in doing so!!!

eleong said...

Congrats.

Social science,& electrical engineering said...

Congratulation!!!

Владимир said...

I cannot imagine my professional life as a Russian translator without this site. Its importance for an interpretor cannot be underestimated.
Accept my deepest gratitude and congratulations!!! :-)
You are great!!!

Mister Micawber said...

Yes, as an English teacher and editor, I use your site very frequently, too. It is an invaluable resource.

Thank you!

MM
Yokohama

Phil Callen said...

Please add this acronym:

CEASA: The Council of Education Associations of South Australia

AcronymFinder said...

@Phil Callen: We have added CEASA here: http://www.acronymfinder.com/Council-of-Education-Associations-of-South-Australia-(teacher-professional-development%3b-Australia)-(CEASA).html

Thank you for your submission!

In the future, you can suggest acronyms here:
http://www.acronymfinder.com/~/app/add.aspx?acronym=