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Seventh Heaven

Jan 31 2007 16:42
Ashley Brown
Hot on the heels of the centenary celebrations comes Live!'s seventh birthday.
Yet another birthday cake

Live! is seven years old today, having launched on 31st January 2000 as part of City & Guilds College Union's portal project. Having long since separated from the CGCU site, Live! has had a good deal of success over the last seven years, despite some wobbly periods.

When first launched Live! rapidly gathered a large following, particularly amongst "union hacks", which remains to this day. It was also often used by Felix for their own news stories, something else which remains true.

The changing faces of Live!

The busiest time for Live! came in 2002, with top-up fees and the UCL merger providing frequently updating news and driving traffic to the site. Controversy is what Live! is best at, seeing large increases in visitors when College introduced the dress code, wanted to build on the Queen's Lawn and finally during both the NUS referenda it has seen.

The 2006-2007 year has seen a Live! resurgence, with page views increasing from 75,000 in February 2006 to over 175,000 in January 2007. The number of visits per day has increased by around 30%, with the large increase in pages down to increased news reporting and active discussion.

News-Thief-in-Chief Felix Editor Andy Sykes had the following to say when approached for a comment on Live!'s birthday:

"Happy birthday to Live! While not quite as venerable as my mighty organ, you are nonetheless the best source for Union gossip on campus, and you provide disgruntled hacks, sabbs, and general Union hangers-on a place to scrap over recent events. However, you will become completely redundant next week when the new Felix website goes up. Just kidding; Felix loves you."

Sources indicate that the new Felix site will just import news straight from Live!, to save it going through the trained-monkey filter it seems to at the moment.

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Discussion about “Seventh Heaven”

The comments below are unmoderated submissions by Live! readers. The Editor accepts no liability for their content, nor for any offence caused by them. Any complaints should be directed to the Editor.
Feb 01 2007 04:47

Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday to you!

Happy Birthday Dear Liiiiii-iiiiiive!

Happy Birthday to you!

Feb 01 2007 09:09

So where's my birthday party invite?

Feb 01 2007 09:13

The Live! dinner is in planning stages (it will co-incide with the AGM next month). If you aren't on the Live! facebook group, go and join it so I don't forget anyone!

Feb 02 2007 12:11


Feb 02 2007 13:02

Hmm, not sure if we approve of your type (Felix Editors). I guess it could be ok.

Feb 02 2007 15:12

It's traditional for Felix editors and Sabbs to be invited, as nominees for a Certain Award voted upon at the AGM...

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