CrackBerry Turns 6 Years Old Today! Here's where it all began...

Original CrackBerry Mockup
By Kevin Michaluk on 26 Feb 2013 02:49 am
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 Click Here to See the "Original CrackBerry Concept" Full Size Mockup!

The team is up late tonight, working hard to prep the The New CrackBerry. We'll be rolling out our awesome new website later this week and we'll be doing so during a meaningful time in CrackBerry history. As the clock struck midnight tonight, CrackBerry turned six years old!

Every year on our birthday I go back and read the Hello World Press Release we fired off on February 26, 2007. Reading it again today, I'm proud to say we achieved our objective - to establish CrackBerry as the premier resource for anything and everything BlackBerry. It's always a fun trip down memory lane to think about those early days - when I really did not know what the heck I was doing or what the future would hold. I just knew I loved my BlackBerry and that the world needed a place to go called CrackBerry! 

While working on our next generation site on CB's birthday, I started thinking about the original concept for CrackBerry.com. Digging into the archives a few minutes ago, I stumbled upon something I have never shared with the world before... THE ORIGINAL CRACKBERRY WIREFRAME MOCKUPS. Be sure to click on the link under the image above to get a close-up look at it. I hacked this rough mockup together back in November, 2006. This is before James Falconer came up with the CB logo and polished up the site graphics, or Tom Kaminski coded it all up (you can read the CB story here). Ultimately we went live in 2007 with a more traditional blog format on the homepage, but my original vision was more portal-like and all-encompassing of the different BlackBerry-related services we set out to provide. One thing you'll notice from the original mockup that didn't change is our cracky and fun-loving attitudes... just read those fake headlines! :)

It's been a crazy six years and my passion for BlackBerry and CrackBerry is greater than ever as is my excitement for Mobile Nations. It's been a great success story. With over 13 million readers and 60 million page views per month, we have the broadest and deepest footprint in mobile. I consider myself blessed to work with such an amazing team of people every day. The individuals on our editorial, design, tech, e-commerce and forums teams are simply the BEST and I can't wait to see just how much more we'll accomplish over the next six years.

Of course, the real success of CrackBerry lies in the strength of our community. Our loyal and passionate member base has and always will make CrackBerry the go to resource for BlackBerry users that it is. And in true CrackBerry fashion, we'll be doing up a CrackBerry Birthday contest soon as a thank you to our members. Stay tuned for that!! It's coming up later in the day!  

Topics: Site Stuff

Kevin Michaluk Kevin Michaluk "Founder, Editor in Chief " 3922 (articles) 3291 (forum posts)
110 comments

Darren19

Happy Birthday CRACKBERRY!!! LOVE MY Z10!!

waverider88

Happy birthday CrackBerry

BBPandy

Happy Birthday CB! :)

G-bone

Happy Birthday, Crackberry Nation!!!!!!!!!!

#BB10Believe

CGSCOT

Happy Birthday CrackBerry. Been doing an amazing job all these years, I remember when you got excited for 1 million members but now 13 million wow!

skdiaz

That's awesome!! Happy birthday Crackberry. I've been following you all since day one. Man how time flies!!

Superfly_FR

Joyeux anniversaire Crackberry ! :D

youknwwho

Streaming porn avaiable on Black Berry and CrackBerry giving away 10million $ to RIM- BBRY lol, you guys has a ehem, dark mind lol

PiotrJot

Happy Birthday CB!!! Wish you many happy years ahead!!!

Kiddo_24

Happy birthday, CB and congrats Kevin et all!

flaminSaganaki

I was thinking you guys should write up a post that collects a bunch of the best archive articles throughout the years leading up to BB10.

It would be a Crackberry timeline, neat to see the road to BB10 all the way from the beginning. See how far we have come.

Korepab

Happy Birthday CB! Now when's the makeover?

3Dee

'Of course, the real success of CrackBerry lies in the strength of our community.' For me, the strength of the community is in large part down to the continued genuine enthusiasm of the leaders of that community - the CB team, with Kev the playa president.

Happy birthday CrackBerry, here's to many more successful years ahead!

Lovendetta

Happy f* Birthday guys!! Thank you for the great work you have been doing and helping out thousands of "crackheads" over the years. Finally getting my Z10 this week (maybe tomorrow) so I will be here even more ;-) Keep it up!

FLO494

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CB,,,

Cap_172R

Happy Birthday CB! it only gets better....thanks guys!

SparrowhawkMMU

Happy birthday and congratulations. As a relative newcomer to the BB world (first with a PlayBook and lately with a Z10), I can tell you that your site was greatly influential in my decision to move from the iOS universe. My thanks for that :)

Wishing you many more successful years.

riholder

Happy Birthday CrackBerry. Congrats on adding another year under your belt of providing current and in-depth material for us, the CrackBerry Nation and fans.

Drew Oswalt

Happy Birthday crackberry.com!!! You guys have been a great source of info and laughs. Thank You.

DomenicoMarco

Buon compleanno, CrackBerry!! Happy. BBirthday!!

lotuslanderz

Happy Birthday, CrackBerry!
Only 6 yrs old? For some reason, I thought you'd been around longer. Wow, so same age as the iPhone. Looking forward to the new website and enjoying the CB BB10 app!

SK122387

Happy birthday, CrackBerry. This website is kinda a big part of my life haha. I'm on here more often than I watch tv, and more than any other site. I'm on it at work, at home, and even when I'm out with friends. You've really created a nice community and I think we all appreciate your passion, and we are lucky that we get to reap the benefits of you doing what you love.

Can't wait to see the new CrackBerry...it's like we are all moving into a new place together...A bigger, better, deeper red/orange place.

DiggerB9

Hicky Burpday!, Congratulations on six years and a fantastic website

patel26

Happy birthday crackberry and also happy birthday to me!!! :D

Vector-SS

Well done, congrats and happy birthday!

green_ember

Happy Birthday CB! Just keeps getting better like a fine wine

pilotjet

wow HBD crackberry! see the mock up remembering me the old times using my 8700f :D , the first BB that i have, sturdy and cool device. thanks crackberry.com keep online and spread the BB love ! :D

zdn1042

Happy Birthday, Crackberry!

aloofkid

Happy Birthday Crackberry, we should have a founder's night as well, where we celebrate Kevin's awesomeness.

RWB3325

The problems you have helped me solve, The things you showed me that I never knew existed, The addiction and knowing I'm not the only one....For all this and more I'd like to thank you and wish you a very special day.

BleedBlk-

disneynorth

Blackberry and Crackberry are stronger than ever! Thank you for your dedication to Blackberry and continuing to be the premier site for all things Blackberry. Happy anniversary and here's to another successful year ahead.

henrymei2005

Happy Birthday Crackberry, you are only 6, there is still 15 years to go before you become 21, keep the good work.

gtpointer

I share my birthday with CrackBerry - how awesome!

ken_mason

Congratulations - I've been a follower/reader since day one your articles and moved me along through 8800, 9000, 9700, 9810. Your coverage of BB10 is a large contributor to my NOT going to iphone 5 but waiting for Z10.. Although I am getting sick of waiting! Thanks and keep up the informative content.

ELoXL

Here here to six more years! Happy Birthday...but....really....?..."streaming p0rn now available on BlackBerry"? SMH - LOL

obaquerizo

Happy birthday, hey can we still have a @crackberry email?, amazing the job you do, a dayly basis for me

Chris Marsch

congrats to you Kevin and the entire team of Crackberry.com - I wish you all the best for the NEXT 6 years,

Chris

donemt

Since the day that I bought my first BlackBerry I have followed and enjoyed your site which made those meetings tolerable as I scanned your site as the hours dragged on! Its been an enjoyable six years and am looking foward to six++++ more!

Sirhill

Happy Birthday CB. I remember the original layout of CB. Brian gs back some good memories

bnalty

I remember it all too vividly. Congratulations, and Happy B-Day CrackBerry!

Ronzdaname

Happy B-Day CrackBerry! You've come a long way!

ddlax22

Wow crazy how one small idea with huge ambitions is six years old today and has become the go to place for blackberry news. This is awesome

tedesco

Happy Birthday Crackberry. Been an awesome 6 years with you as part of my daily reading. Thank you for being the leader in BlackBerry news and reviews.

Blacklatino

The Happiest of Birthdays to CrackBerry!!!!! Often imitated and attempts at duplication. Well, others are gone and you're still here rockin' it. No. #1 site for "ALL THINGS BLACKBERRY".

MLE724

Happy Birthday to Crackberry and the CB team! Appreciate all that you do!

Techno-Emigre

Happy BD CB and many more! I probably would have moved to another brand if it wasn't for CB. For sure I have gotten way more out of my devices and it is what made me such a big fan. Here's to all the hard work that brought such credibility RIM reached out to you and listens.

Rider Prider

Happy Birthday to CB and congratulations. Keep bringing it..... Is that a younger Kevin in the mock-up?

c0rinne

Happy B-Day Crackberry!

randall2580

Happy Birthday CrackBerry - you guys changed my life - don't know what I would do without you!

Jimberry Storm

Happy Birthday Crackberry.com...and many more. Turning your passion into a business that you love is getting rare, very happy for you Kevin, wish I was part of the team....Rock on Bitches

pmich

Happy birthday..,. i think i've been here for 5 of those years...

Congrats Kevin and team.

BaconMunch

Happy Birthday CrackBerry, may you and BlackBerry continue to rock on!

jsanders

Happy Birthday, CrackBerry, Kevin, Bla1ze and all! I was there (almost) at your beginning.

tramer

Happy Birthday and many more as I have been following you since 2008 with my BB 8830 as it was my first Crackberry. As many others I have graduated up to the new Z10!

killzone22

Happy Birthday Crackberry, Here's to another great lifetime of innovation and celebration!!

jaBBu

Happy Birthday CB. I have been here for 5 of those 6 years and looking forward to a lot more years of CrackBerry to come.

When my friends come to me (I am the tech guy) with questions or how do I do this and if I don’t have the answer, then here is the first place I go for details. I have steered countless contacts and friends to this site for info on their BlackBerry and now I send all my other contacts to Mobile Nations for those needs. If I only had a $1 for each of the referrals, I could pay for a couple of Z10's.

Thachoc1

Awesome, just awesome. Happy Born Day CB!!!!!

rigwrecker

Happy Birthday CRACKBERRY!!!

garymait

You have been a fount of knowledge when it comes to BB's. Thanks for all I have learned from you.

TripNFry

Happy Birthday Crackberry. keep up the great reporting, great forums and great contests. i still make this site a "must view" site every day, and multiple times a day at that. 6 years and counting!!

jinxednuance

I felt emotional when I read this post. I remember my love for BlackBerry that started back in 2009 with my first Curve World edition. Yes, I did check out other phones, but my heart was always, and will always be with BlackBerry.

My BlackBerry is still the last thing I touch before I sleep, and first thing I touch when I wake up. And I'm damn proud.

Love you BB.

rexxenex

6 Years! Awesome! Happy Bday CrackBerry!

macspapa

Happy Birthday CRACKBERRY!!
Love the site and all the information you provide to the BB Lovers/Community!
And many many more.

ShaggyM8

Happy Birthday CrackBerry! You are too awesome and I love this site and its community!

ablefunzo

Happy birthday Crackberry, may you live long dedicated to what you do best as years role by. God bless.

dperry360

SIX MORE YEARS...SIX MORE YEARS!

Living Bold-ly!

BlueRocks

My son turns 7 today! He is still version 1.0 though. Congrats to you, CB.

RangerDag

Happy b-day Crackberry!

BBVegasGirl80

Happy Birthday CrackBerry! Here's to more many more years of streaming...gingerbread! ;-)

BB_Bmore

Happy Birthday CrackBerry. Here's to many more years of addiction!!!

red72

Happy Birthday CrackBerry. Can't wait to look at all the tutorials when I get my Verison Z10.
This is the number 1 site for BB.

itsyaboy

Awesome. A job well done!

otaku2

And my late, beloved Pearl on the first page!

anon5398027

Congratulations!

Great achievement.

PamBorg

Happy Birthday to you all at Crackberry......looking at your first page it is where i started also with my Pearl.....wishing you the best year yet!!!!

ESCON

Happy Birthday.....thx 4all your work....

3dogsnme

Happy Birthday Crackberry. I joined in 2008 and have had 5 Blackberry's since. I literally learned how to make the most out of each one on this site and am looking forward to Verizon launching the BB10 in March.

lukesawesometechtips

Happy Birthday! Just wondering, do you still have crackberry emails?

scott0121

There is no better site than Crackberry, I love it cos everything I need to find out about my fone I just have to login and it is there, so yes people, I am a Crack addict, a Crackberry addict and I'm not ashamed to say it and I will spread the word as I think everybody should become addicts (CRACKBERRY ADDICTS). So happy birthday to the whole team and thank you for such an awesome App.

00stryder

Happy Birthday CB Nation!

PFairhead

Happy Birthday Crackberry! long live the RIMpire!!

naviwilliams

I was there when it all started, will in March of 2007. Time flies when you're having fun :)

BBshark

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CRACKBERRY!!!

SF71

Happy Birthday Crackberry Nation!!!! You guys have been wonderful and I thank you for your work! Cheers!

jkomo001

congrats on the success! happy bday crackberry!

snarlybear

Happy Birthday Crackberry! If it wasn't for you, I'd have lost my mind years ago. Thanks for being there!

raymond

I joined in '08 and, to me, the site felt as if it was around forever! Great job guys.

bigbikeguy

Happy Birthday CB , heres to 100's more !!

3xberry

Happy Birthday Crackberry! Quality assures longevity. Crackberry has both!

Rootbrian

Happy birthday to crackberry dot com!! :D

buddij

Well done lads and gals - keep on rollin ...

pikabiker

Well. Happy birthday. And hope to win

Josephine Young

Happy Birthday Crackberry.com and Happy Birthday to me also my birthday is March 1. Best wishes to you on turn 6.

super chief

6 years old and to many more!

lalingo

Happy 6th Birthday Crackberry Have a "Berry" good one Z-U-soon

jase88

Happy Birthday, Crackberry!

jzhang77

Happy birthday CB, I can't wait to see the new design.

goufer

Happy Birthday CRACKBERRY!!! <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>>