Last week I shared that I was stepping down from my roles at Flyertalk so that I could focus on a new frequent flyer community that Randy Petersen is starting.
That project is Milepoint.com, and it’s now in private beta.
We’re using the month of February to begin building content on the site. Because when the doors open and folks come on it, it’s important that they find useful information there. And a group of people that are answering each other’s questions. It was important not to publicize the private beta too early, or else folks would come on over and wouldn’t see what they wanted, probably wouldn’t come back. Creating a community is about creating a useful experience, you need memebrs to create content but you need content to attract members. Solving that chicken and egg problem is what the private beta is for.
In fact, I even asked another blogger to remove the link to it the private beta registration that he posted shortly after we went live.
Now, less than 100 hours into the private beta, Milepoint already has over 1200 members and 14,000 posts. And that’s with more or less trying to keep the thing under wraps.
And now I’d like to invite you to join me for the private beta. You can sign up at Milepoint.com/beta.
This is a really special place, I think, and you have a really special role to play. Signing up at the very start, you’re helping to set the tone with what we want to be the friendly place for frequent flyers to meet; a site with well-organized information that helps to make your travel better. And it’s built on a new technology that seems really promising, it will be able to deliver some really cool tools going forward.
There are going to be plenty of giveaways in the early days, and registering now puts you in line for those. Plus some modest posting to the community now will earn you ‘Original Member’ status. Plenty more to come, like industry chats and a whole lot more.
So please come on over, join us, and check it out. We’re in private beta for another few weeks. The look and feel of the site will change. More features will be added. But I’d love it if you would have a look.