TexAgs

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TexAgs
TexAgs Logo ESPN.gif
Web address texags.com
Slogan We Know Stuff
Commercial? Mixed
Type of site
Online community
Registration Optional
Available in English
Owner Maroon & White, LP.
Created by Peter Kuo
Launched July 22, 1998[1]
Alexa rank
31,706 (June 2015)[2]
Current status Active

TexAgs is an independent Texas A&M University fan website. It features articles, chat, forums, and recruiting information about Texas A&M Aggie sports. The website receives an average of 1,000,000 pageviews per day,[3] and as of June 2008, TexAgs was the sixth most-visited college sports website[4] and the most visited NCAA Division I-A website.[5] During the 2012 college football season, the website received an average of 500,000 monthly unique visitors.[6]

TexAgs was created by Peter Kuo in May 1997 and sold to its current operators in December 1999.[1][7] When it debuted, TexAgs only had 2,000-3,000 members, and forums only discussed Aggie football. In February 2007, The Association of Former Students announced a marketing partnership with TexAgs.com.[8] As of 2007, there were more than 60,000 members. The website never used any form of advertising for promotion, as it grew popular via word of mouth.[9] As of 2013, there were over 9,500 paying subscribers,[6] and the website presently includes over 50 different forums.[10]

Notable forum posts include one that disclosed that former University of Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar received payment for non-worked hours from a local auto dealership seven months before the University kicked the player off of the team and reported the infraction to the NCAA.[7][11][12] Former University President and former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has posted as "Ranger65".[7][13][14][15][16][17] In April 2010, TexAgs gained national attention when a forum member posting as "dermdoc" posted of terminating an employee because of increased costs due to Obamacare. The employee happened to have voted for President Barack Obama.[18][19] Texas A&M graduate and US Astronaut Mike Fossum posted late on July 29, 2011 from the International Space Station using an account TexAgs staff set up for him earlier that day.[20]

TexAgs has fourteen full-time employees, including the owner, Brandon Jones, and eight part-time employees.[6] Message boards are moderated by twenty volunteers.[21]

In 2009, the website became an affiliate of ESPN.com as part the 20 college TEAM Sports Network,[22] but that relationship has since ended.[23]

On August 22, 2011, TexAgs radio was launched as a daily Aggie sports talk show on KZNE 1150 the Zone. The show airs for three hours on weekdays and includes a one-hour TV show simulcast.[6] Hosts include Gabe Bock, Billy Luicci, and Olin Buchanan.

Criticism[edit]

Some current and former members have criticized the operation of the message forums, particularly its moderation policies. Such criticisms include a policy of anonymous moderation by a staff of twenty, led by Brandon Jones, who are allowed to post alongside regular members.[24][25] This is in contrast to similar websites that list their staff and moderators in an open fashion. Further, such moderation is sometimes seen as inconsistent.[26][27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Griffin, Tim (1999-07-31). "College football fans zone in on the Web". San Antonio Express-News. 
  2. ^ "Texags.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  3. ^ "TexAgs Media Kit". TexAgs. 2015-06-18. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  4. ^ "Most Popular In College and University". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  5. ^ "Most Popular In NCAA Division I-A". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  6. ^ a b c d Travis, Clay (2013-07-01). "Texas A&M and the SEC: A Perfect Match for TexAgs.com". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  7. ^ a b c Buckley, Christopher B. (2008-06-23). "Cyber Fanatics: TexAgs.com fans commune online". The Battalion. 
  8. ^ "TexAgs.com and The Association Announce Strategic Marketing Partnership". 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  9. ^ Fullhart, Steve (2006-10-28). "The TexAgs Internet Explosion". KBTX. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  10. ^ "TexAgs Forums". TexAgs. 2015-06-18. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  11. ^ Roberts, Selena (2007-07-15). "Internet Whistleblowers Go Where N.C.A.A. Fears to Tread". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  12. ^ Steele, Michael (2006-08-29). "TexAgs' Brandon Jones turned a hobby into a career". The Battalion. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  13. ^ Doyel, Gregg (2006-12-12). "Our best defense shouldn't come from a message board". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  14. ^ "Dr. Gates breaks cover". TexAgs. 2006-12-07. Retrieved 2007-06-24. 
  15. ^ Cohen, Rachel (2006-12-08). "Anonymous posts on TexAgs.com came from Gates". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2007-07-15. 
  16. ^ "Post on Texags by Secretary Gates". TexAgs. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  17. ^ I doubt that NC State has a Ranger65 at StateFans Nation
  18. ^ CBS News
  19. ^ The Houston Press
  20. ^ TexAgs.com: Aggies Only
  21. ^ Bragg, Roy (2008-05-16). "UPDATED: Spurs supporters use online message boards to meet people, blow off steam". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 2008-05-17. 
  22. ^ "January 21, 2009 AGGIE ROUNDUP". 
  23. ^ "Would you sign up for an ESPN-free TexAgs?". TexAgs. 2011-08-14. Retrieved 2015-06-18. 
  24. ^ "* Some of My Thoughts on Moderation - Please Read *". TexAgs. 2006-03-09. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  25. ^ "* Some of My Thoughts on Moderation - Please Read *". TexAgs. 2006-03-09. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  26. ^ "Why posters need multiple aliases?". TexAgs. 2003-09-23. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 
  27. ^ "Hey Staff". TexAgs. 2007-02-28. Retrieved 2007-07-23. 

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