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State of the TWiT Message

Belated holiday greetings to you all. Thanks so much for your heartfelt support in 2005. It's been an amazing year.

I've posted a new poll on the site and I'd appreciate your vote and input. Up to now I've been trying to keep TWiT running on your donations and the little Google ads up top. And you've been very generous. I think we've used your money wisely to add new podcasts and buy the equipment we need to expand into video. Ultimately it's my goal to create an audio and video podcast channel to rival the best of TechTV, and thanks to you we're well on the way. We have a new TV show and several new podcasts in the works for you, and plans to do much more.

All along it's been my intention to avoid the mistakes of TechTV. We TWiTs want to control the production and distribution so that we never have to go through what happened to TechTV again. And I've avoided advertising, because I wanted to preserve our independence and editorial integrity. Your donations and my day jobs in mainstream media have subsidized the growth of the TWiT Network.

But in order to grow beyond this point, I need to take it to the next level. I need to be able to devote more time to TWiT, to hire people to help, to redesign the site to better fit our goals, and so on. This is going to take money. That means one of two things: subscriptions or advertising. I'm torn between asking listeners and viewers to bear the brunt of the production costs, or taking carefully selected unobtrusive advertising to foot the bill. So, as always, I'm asking you to tell me what you want.

What is the best way to build TWiT into a business that focuses on delivering the highest quality and most entertaining tech information online without compromising its integrity or risking its future? Enquiring minds want to know. Please vote in the poll on the right and post your comments below.

Thank you so much for an incredible year! TWiT exists because of your interest and your support - we know that and would never do anything to jeopardize your faith in us. Here's to a great 2006!