The Rational Walk will be on a mid-summer hiatus until August 23. In the four weeks since the site redesign, average daily traffic on The Rational Walk has more than doubled which definitely exceeded expectations. Since we have many new readers who may be unfamiliar with articles that were written prior to mid-July, we present below a list of popular articles from January to July 15. We look forward to providing new content starting the week of August 23.
I am excited to announce a number of major changes to The Rational Walk website. When the site was launched in February 2009, the main intent was to create a “soapbox” for writing about investment related topics. The site design was very simple which seemed appropriate based on the amount of published content. However, the initial design far outlived its usefulness as the amount of content increased. Please read this post for more details.
A few months ago, I was forced to disable the comments feature as well as the forum. The amount of spam entering through the comment feature required excessive manual intervention and hackers were able to use the forum to attack the site. After taking additional precautions, I am now reopening the comments feature for all articles for two weeks after initial publication. Comments on The Rational Walk have now reopened.
Facebook has grown from a dorm room project intended for university students into a massive network of over 400 million users. This is an astounding achievement when one considers that Facebook’s user base represents approximately 25 percent of all individuals on the planet with access to the internet. Any network that grows this rapidly over such a short timeframe is bound to be controversial. Will Facebook now recognize the virtue of simplicity?
I would like to thank those who took the time to respond to the reader survey over the past several days. The results have been interesting and will contribute toward calibrating the content appropriately in the future. The graphs displayed below show some selected results from the reader survey. The survey is still open for those who wish to add their comments.