The Listserve Hits 10,000 Subscribers, Will Launch This Week

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Remember the The Listserve, the email list project announced last week out of NYU’s ITP masters program that would only launch if it reached 10,000 subscribers? Seems like people aren’t too afraid of it becoming spammy, because the team hit their 10,000 goal on Sunday afternoon, just a few days after putting up the site.

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“I’m ecstatic. It’s been a very fun — and thought-provoking — week,” Alvin Chang, a Listserve team member, told Betabeat via email. “And to reach the goal with such great teammates has been an absolute privilege.”

Mr. Chang said that the team would use a random number generator to pick a user to send the first email within three days. That means that if you signed up, you’ll be entered in the drawing and receiving emails by Wednesday.

The Listserve project went viral last week, hitting the front page of Hacker News and drawing the attention of some of the tech world’s most prolific tweeters. Mr. Chang said the project has been very well-received.

“I know we were excited about the idea. But to have so many other people excited is pretty cool,” he said. “We’ve been very interested in the kind of analysis people have been doing on the project. It’s not just your usual pontificators, though. This project makes every-day people think — and talk — about the internet. It makes people aware of the medium.”

But glory is rarely long-lasting for a graduate student. “I need to get back to working on my thesis!” he added.

The Listserve Hits 10,000 Subscribers, Will Launch This Week