TweakTown is dedicated to my late grandfather Val Grimm, who first introduced me to computers some 15 years or more ago. The website was officially named and launched to the public on the 15th of September 1999. Originally TweakTown was known as "Wilmot's Website" which serviced as my personal homepage (blog they call it, these days) with information about me and links to other websites. TweakTown has now transformed into one of the biggest and most successful tech media websites in the world, being accessed by many tens of thousands of readers every day. You can watch the "TweakTown over the Years - a look at our designs from 1999 to 2011" video right here.
We have been featured in many mainstream press magazines, newspapers and many high-profile websites such as Digg, Gizmodo, Engadget, Slashdot and Fark on a regular basis and even on television through CNN, The Screen Savers and TechTV. Our content is syndicated to thousands of readers through our RSS feeds as well as by Google News and others. Presently and in the past TweakTown has provided content for other publications including GigaZone magazine, APC magazine, Atomic magazine, PC Power Play magazine and others. As of October 2010, our content was listed on Testseek.com.
How did it all start? I had a pretty good understanding of getting better performance out of 56k dial-up modems. So, I decided to publish a modem "tweaking" (fine tuning or optimizing) guide for friends that were crawling along on slow 56k dialup Internet connections. They needed that little extra speed boost in online games to improve their ping. In the way the Internet works best, the word quickly got around about how well the famous Modem Tweaking Guide improved performance and Wilmot's Website eventually got bigger at rapid speed to the point where it adapted into a fully functional tech website, with talented writers and contributors dotted all over the world. Now we post daily high quality news, articles, reviews and guides from our long list of contributors and staff based around the world.
Wilmot's Website was hosted by my local ISP at the time. They eventually kicked me off their server for exceeding bandwidth limits. At this stage, I had also released a couple more tweaking guides for my growing audience. This is when I thought about starting up an optimization page and getting rid of other personal stuff, which probably wasn't of much interest to the general public. On the 15th of September 1999, I suddenly came up with the idea of renaming Wilmot's Website to "TweakTown" - please do not ask why, as to date I cannot remember how I came up with the name and why.
In 2004, sometime after TweakTown turned into a full time job for me, a company was registered in Australia named Tweak Town Pty Ltd. Now many staff are employed full time along with many others who help contribute with website coding, graphics and the forums.
Thanks must go out to many people who have helped TweakTown in the beginning stages - too many to list here, but you know who you are! Although, without a doubt, the most important people are you, the loyal readers of TweakTown, who help keep us alive and keep coming back for more tech goodness!
Managing Director and Founder
Tweak Town Pty Ltd