Here Comes Everybody*
Thanks to a post on the A-list blog TechCrunch late Friday night, Britannica’s WebShare program is getting a lot of attention this weekend. We’ve been swamped with requests for free subscriptions, and we’re processing them as quickly as we can. We do look at each one, so the screening process is not entirely programmatic, but no one should have to wait more than about 24 hours (3-4 business days; please see update below) between applying for a free sub at our registration page and receiving an answer from us.
The majority of the people who have applied so far, by the way, have qualified and are receiving subscriptions.
If you have any problems with or questions about your subscription or the registration process, please send us an e-mail about it. (Update: Please also write to us if you’ve applied for a subscription and haven’t heard back from us in 36 hours a week or longer.)
Many people have noticed and commented on our widgets. We only have a few posted here right now, but many more are on the way, and we’ll get them up here as quickly as we can. Please come back.
NB: One issue I’ve noticed with some of our widgets is that under some circumstances they may not display properly in Internet Explorer 6. (Okay, “issue” is a euphemism; problem is the right word.). We’re looking into this and would welcome any reports about your own experience. Thanks.
* Apologies to Clay Shirky.
Update (4/25): I may have overpromised about the 24-hour turnarond. We’re getting a lot of applications, and since they go through some screening by human beings, it’s taking time. In general we will try to respond to applicants within two business days, though right now, while we’re getting a surge of applications, it may take a bit longer. Please be patient; we’ll get to you. Thanks.
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