This week ElvisNews.com is on-line for five years. The site started as “The Elvis Telegraph”, but changed its name and url to ElvisNews.com with its tenth weekly edition. The first update on the site told everyone the intention of the people behind it:
“Earth - August 30, 1999. This Monday is an important day for all Elvis-fans on the Internet. It is the day that a new site was started, including a newsletter to keep all Elvis-fans informed on anything that is going on in the Elvis-world. The chief editor promises to make this magazine a must for every Elvis-fan. Besides the news there will be regulars like "site of the week", reviews of CDs, movies, concerts and so on. He also stated that any help will be appreciated. Any contributions can be sent to us by a special form. It would be nice when this magazine is carried by a lot of fans.
Let's hope this zillionth Elvis-website will add something extra and will be a huge success. We'll try to be the main newsletter without pushing others aside. In stead of that, we hope to stimulate other websites, by providing links to whatever source we have.”
With this first item some Elvis fans boldly went where no other fan club went before, collecting all the Elvis Presley news from around the world (wide web) and share it with Elvis fans world wide.
Five years ago news on Elvis was scattered all over the world (wide web) on websites, fan club magazines and news letters. Several fans decided to collect all information on one site with the idea, one update per week would be enough for a guy who died almost 25 years before … how wrong they were!
Five years later Elvis appears to be more alive than ever! This, and other websites that followed in its footsteps collecting news, are updated several times per day, making this almost a full-time job. The popularity of message boards only added to the real-time spread of news among the Elvis fans. Most news is available before it is officially announced.
Our conclusion; when Elvis fans team together, something beautiful emerges! We hope – and think - that we succeeded in our goal and would like to use this opportunity to thank all Elvis fans, fan clubs, websites, producers and companies world wide who contributed so much to ElvisNews.com, helping us to spread all the news available to every corner of the world (wide web). Many became more than contributors, they became friends, thank you, thank you very much!
As a special thank you to you, our reader, we decided to do a special give-a-way: tell us your opinion about the biggest changes in the Elvis world during the last five years (use "the give your opinion"-link) and you might be one of the lucky winners. You can win a special SUN promotional CD or one of the new DVD releases from Warner Bothers.
Any time soon there will be some more surprises from ElvisNews.com, just keep your eye on the site.