Saturday, April 1st, 2006

Good news for the whole LibraryThing community

Update: THIS IS NOT TRUE! It is an April Fool’s joke. I tried to pick the most obnoxious acquisition possible and go over the top in the announcement, but I think I still caused a few heart attacks. Sorry!

We’re proud to announce that LibraryThing has joined the Wal-Mart family. Together we’ll continue to improve how people catalog and share their books over the internet. In joining with Wal-Mart, LibraryThing will be expanding its horizons, allowing cataloging of CDs, DVDs and as well as a wide variety of other consumer products and appliances.

We’d like to thank everyone who has helped us, our advisors, our formerly unionized employees, and particularly our 30,000 users. We still want your feedback, and we look forward to bringing you exciting new features with fewer bugs. One thing’s for sure, we won’t be worried about buying another server!

We understand that some LibraryThing users may have questions about this historic change. How can I know my data will be safe? Will LibraryThing lose its homey, altruistic feel? Will I be able to catalog my firearms? How much Ol’ Roy can Axel eat anyway? Will Liam’s first word be “rollback”? Those are all good questions.

Thank you for your support!

Tim Spalding
President, LibraryThing

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