I remember meeting Yossi Vardi a few years ago. A well known entrepreneur, he's considered the father of the Internet scene in Israel. On his jam-packed desk was a printout of an old presentation he gave after selling his company Mirabilis/ICQ to AOL. Its smug title was along the lines of "Getting the first 100 million users is always the hardest". The achievement seemed impossible for me to grasp at the time. But, here we are at MyHeritage, on a much more modest scale, celebrating the addition of our 10 millionth subscribed member today, hardly a year since our Web site went live.
What does it mean to be a member of MyHeritage? I'll start with what it doesn't mean: receiving spam. We abhor spam and do not abuse the trust that our members have placed in us. Our members enjoy our cool face recognition features, and many of them use our genealogy products: the free Family Tree Builder, the free genealogy search engine MyHeritage Research, and our family network - Family Pages. We are hard at work to add new products and features for the benefit of our members.
Our 10 million members come from all over the world. To celebrate the diversity of our member base, we are about to launch a unique Member Map to allow you to explore the MyHeritage community geographically. Here's a sneak preview of it, the screenshot shows only Europe, Asia and the Middle East, but every corner of the globe is covered, and you'll be able to meet members from each country, and in the future see how family trees from different countries connect on the map.The size of each figure represents the relative number of members from that country. Nope, we don't have that many members from Afghanistan - it's one of the remaining bugs we still need to fix!
We've got great stuff in store for you for 2007. Stay tuned!