Well, friends, we've sure had a lot of fun.
We've gotten through SNAD together. We've belted holiday carols about Twitter and Facebook. We offended the founder of the World Wide Web (and his staff!). We've won awards, and watched videos of ourselves winning awards. We've occupied nearly every country in the world. We've studied every bizarre social networking trend. And we've even tried our best Zooey Deschanel impressions on Siri.
Truthfully, it is impossible to sum up the amazing journey I have had with you all on Internet Evolution over the years.
But in the spirit of evolving (our favorite pastime, of course), and after almost five years together, this is my last day working on Internet Evolution.
Before we get on with the sappy stuff, let me say there's wonderful news in this emotional parting. For starters, I leave you with the two and only Mary and Kim, also known as the best editors and humans in the whole wide world. (Take that, all other editors and humans! Ha!)
What's more, I am delighted to introduce you to Internet Evolution's newest editor, the wonderful Mitch Wagner, who will take over as editor in chief. For those of you who don't know him, Mitch is a longtime member of the Internet Evolution community, an excellent and experienced writer and editor, and someone who has just a bit more love for Twitter than I do. I know he'll do amazing work here.
With such an incredible team, I couldn't have more confidence in Internet Evolution's continued ability to grow and thrive and accomplish so (so!) much more going forward.
As for me, I can say I won't be too far. In fact, I won't even be moving desks -- lucky Kim!
But as I leave Internet Evolution, I want to say that when we set out almost five years ago to launch a B2B site for IT professionals, I never foresaw the wondrous result. What we have built here -- thanks to you -- is, as far as I am concerned, the most dedicated, intelligent, helpful, and kind community in the industry.
Knowing that every day I would come to the office and not just interact with the wonderful people who work here, but with all of you, has been gratifying beyond words. I don't know that every online editor often wakes up in the morning with usernames in her head, but I sure do! ("I hope SecTech can join us for 7DEE today." "I bet Paul is going to give me hell for yesterday's Google blog!")
And all of that tells me Internet Evolution has more than succeeded in its mission to become a community. It's hard to leave this site that I so love. But as I move on to other projects, I do so knowing I'm leaving behind a network of brilliant people who are passionate about helping each other find solutions to the challenges they face in these digital times, and who are committed to helping our wonderful site keep on keepin' on, as they say ("they" being our friends from the 1970s).
On a personal note, I will always be grateful for the Internet Evolution community that has received me with such incredible support and kindness, and has allowed me to grow as a writer, an editor, and an individual.
So as I step out of the frame that holds Mitch, Mary, Kim, and all of you, I want to thank you, our community, for making Internet Evolution a place we love, one we continue to learn from, one that is always breaking new records and new ground, and one that we feel extremely proud of. And thank you for making every day that I have worked here a sincere joy.
— Nicole Ferraro, , Editor in Chief, Internet Evolution