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Tall Ships and MyBayCity Web Sites Post Record 'Hit' Levels

August 21, 2003       Leave a Comment
By: O. J. Cunningham

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Tall Ship Celebration Web Site Will Handle a Million Hits During August

The Tall Ships came in with the roar of cannons, the flutter of wind-filled sails and the promise of a 'week to remember.' The ships did not renege of their promise.

Visitors from all parts of the mid-west descended on the Bay City waterfront to view the wondrous sights and sounds of Hagen's Tall Ship Celebration 2003. And they also were not disappointed.

And behind the scenes, for those who could not make it to the event, web sites filled available bandwidth to provide images, info and up-to-date daily reports.

MyBayCity Tall Ships Feature Correspondent, Steve Kent, snapped, captured and uploaded over 600 individual digital pictures onto the MyBayCity internet web site during the four days of Tall Ship river traffic. And web surfers were quick to respond as they showed appreciation by clicking MyBayCity web pages almost 7,000 times each day.

The Tall Ship Celebration's home page welcomed internet surfers in a steady stream as they searched of information, bought tickets and kept in touch with day-to-day activities. whirred at a record pace that will top out at over a million hits by the end of the month. The site had registered almost 930,000 for August as this story went to press.

Web surfers gobbled up any available pictures and reports at a record pace according to Mid-Michigan Computer Consultants' (MMCC) Susan Timlick. Timlick, Sales Manager for MMCC, headed up MMCC's internet team that provided design and web hosting for Tall Ships.

"There were no computer or internet problems at all during the weekend," Timlick said. Although Timlick said it got a bit dicey on arrival day. "It admittedly got a bit hectic just as the ships arrived," she said. "There were a number of last-minute changes but that's expected when you have an event of this size."

"I think everyone was happy with the web side of things," Timlick said. "We're" already making plans for next time. I think it's 2006."

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O. J. Cunningham is the Publisher of Cunningham previously published Sports Page & Bay City Enterprise. He is the President/CEO of OJ Advertising, Inc.

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