|Look back in time: applesnail.net in the early days|
In fall 1997 after the purchase of some apple snails, the initial idea to start
a website about these snails came to my mind.
The first acceptable version was launched
in March 1998 on a small, free website account (original address: http://huizen.dds.nl/~snc).
Later on, may 2000, I managed to get a sponsorship contract with www.dds.nl and got more webspace available (http://www.dds.nl/~snc).
However, that wasn't enough after a while, so finally in February 2001, I decided to invest some real money and got my own domain (http://www.applesnail.net). Now I finally had the possibility to run scripts etc. So the message board came in... and it was and is a big success. I never though that so many people wanted to communicate about apple snails....
Recently I upgraded the applesnail.net account, which has been made possible by donations from some very supportive snail fans (thanks!).
The visitors (you)
In the early days (1998), the website had about 8 visitors/day. The number
of people that came aware of applesnail.net grew quickly and around summer 2000,
160 visits/day became common. However, the biggest growth started in 2001. In
the months after the launch of the discussion
board, the visitors rate increased to 320 visitors/day.
At the moment, after some number crunching on the log files, it turns out that around 640 people visit the website each and every day. And the number is still increasing steadily...
What is applesnail.net about?
Applesnail.net is a voluntairy, non-profit project with as main aim to provide free and valuable information about apple snails to the general public. This can be the hobbiist who wants to take optimal care for his pet, as well the farmer in the thirth world, facing a major threat as his rice seedlings are eaten away by these snails.
In my personal opinion, Applesnail.net should stay on the web as long as possible.
Ultimately I'm planning to release the whole website under some kind of open
licence, so that all this information will be free forever. Yet, I haven't done
so, although I insist on the use of the gathered information for whatever purpose
and I encourage the use of illustrations and photographs for non-commercial
In any case, I'm looking to the future with optimism and over 5 years, we can celebrate 10 years applesnail.net!
Can you help?
The main concept is that the information provided on Applesnail.net should
be free and that everyone should have access and be able to participate in on-line
discussion about these snails. Nevertheless, there is some money involved (webhosting
bills, the fees for the scientific articles, the costs of making photographs
etc.). If you like this website, feel free to donate some money. Even small
amounts can help a lot.
Keep in mind that I don't want to push anyone to donate money, so don't feel urged to do so. (I don't want to beg for money, I hate that).
If you'd like to support, please click on the Paypal button below. You will be directed to a secure website where donations of any size can be made quickly, safely, and easily. If you'd like to be listed as a donor, .
Use this form to contribute to Applesnail.net through PayPal
All donations made to will go towards the costs of maintaining this website.
Thank you all for visiting applesnail.net and to participate in the community that has gathered around these fascinating snails!
Author and webmaster of Applesnail.net