Whatever happened to CITEworld?

Every week or two, I get a Twitter DM saying something like “Hey, when did you leave CITEworld? What happened?”

Here’s a FAQ I’ll point to the next time this comes up:

What happened to CITEworld?

Update: As of July 2015, the site is totally gone. It now redirects to CIO.

The site still exists, but as of the end of October it is no longer publishing any original content. All new content that appears on the site is repurposed from other IDG publications. All of our old content is still live. Any of this may change at some point in the future, but I won’t know about it.

What happened to the CITE Conference?

The last CITE Conference happened in April. As far as I know, there are no plans for future CITE Conferences. Again, that may change, but I won’t know about it.

Why did IDG make this change?

It was a business decision. I had no say in it. That’s generally how publishing goes.

CITEworld managed to build a decent audience for a B2B site over its two years — we were getting more unique monthly visitors than at least one other IDG site that is still a going concern — but the company chose not to invest any more to turn it into a real core part of the business. It probably would have taken another year or two.

What are you doing now?

I left IDG in November to return to Business Insider as our west coast bureau chief. I’m excited to be part of the most popular business news site in the US, and to continue growing and improving our tech and other coverage in San Francisco. You can always reach me at mrosoff at businessinsider dot com.

I am no longer involved with CITEworld in any way.

What happened to all of CITEworld’s writers? 

Reporter Matt Weinberger is now with IDG’s Computerworld and writes for some other IDG publications as well. You can check out our Twitter list if you want to get in touch with any of our writers or see what they’re up to now.

Any regrets?

Nope. It was a lot of fun and we built something useful and valuable for as long as it lasted.

But one thing I learned is if you have a hunch that there’s an issue that needs to be addressed head on, don’t wait for even one second. It’s really easy to ignore those tickling little feelings that you could be doing more on a specific issue, when there’s already so much to do. It’s really easy to stop making noise when you get ignored, but keep screaming.


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