Online Clock – The Game Show!

Online Clock – The Game Show!

Posted On: May 15, 2013
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Comments: 8 Responses was created by a lonely web programmer back in 2006. He came up with the idea for a website you use as an alarm clock one night while he lay in bed, suffering from insomnia.

Immediately recognizing the idea as a good one, he sprung out of bed and wrote it down on a piece of paper…The very next day, the world’s original Online Alarm Clock website was born!

Who would’ve thought such a killer idea for a website would result in such a wild ride?

Join in the fun and play their latest offering:

Online Clock - The Board Game

“Online Clock – The Board Game”, An Infographic by

Play The Online Clock Game:

1. Start: Light-bulb going off above head: Getting the idea for the Online Alarm Clock
March 24, 2006: went online with the first version after waking up and seeing the note, “Create website to use as an alarm clock”
Place your figure on “Start”

2. Getting Listed on the 1st Page of
September 26, 2006: Our first big break: we made it to the front page of Digg !
Go ahead 5 steps!

3. Getting Kicked Off our 1st Web Hoster for Having Too Much Traffic
September, 2006: Our original web hoster “kicks us off” their web servers because we get too much traffic. Time for our first dedicated server!
Go back 1 step!

4. Added Countdown Timer & Online Stopwatch
In early 2007, we began expanding our site to include more clocks
Go ahead 1 step!

5. Switched Web Hoster while on Tropical Vacation
November, 2007: The web hoster of our dedicated server FAILS big-time, and I’m required to switch web hosters while on vacation in the Canary Islands (using WiFi in the hotel lobby!)
Go back 2 steps!

6. Getting Threatened with the Serbian Mafia
August 2nd, 2008: The owner of a competitor website threatened me with the Serbian Mafia (true story!…I have the email to prove it & proper authorities have been notified)
Go back 2 steps!

7. Joined Facebook, Twitter & Started Our Own Blog
October 14, 2008: Published our first blog post on The Alarm Clock Blog
Go ahead 1 step!

8. Added Online Timer
June, 2009: Created our Online Timer, which quickly became very popular!
Go ahead 1 step!

9. Hacker Attack! Hackers Added Spam to our Site, We Temporarily Got Kicked Out of Google
September, 2009: Hackers attacked, adding spam to our start page. Though we briefly flew out of Google’s index, we cleaned up the spam and ended back in Google in a couple of days!
Go back 5 steps!

10. Created World’s First Web-Based Clock Radio
September, 2009: Online Clock invents the world’s first web-browser based version of a Clock Radio (our PR Release on this came much later)
Go ahead 1 step!

11. Switch to Cloud Hosting
February, 2010: moves to Cloud Web Hosting to ensure maximum up-time. Great for up-time, but it increased our hosting bill!
Go back 1 step!

12. Getting Mentioned by The New York Times (view of their Newspaper?)
June 10th, 2010: Online Clock is mentioned in a New York Times article
Go ahead 1 step!

13. 4 Million Unique Visitors in 1 Month ! (Milestone)
April, 2013: For the first time Online Clock has more than 4 million unique visitors in one month
Go ahead 2 step!

14. DDoS Attack!
July, 2013: Online Clock gets hit with a DDoS attack! The web server never goes down, and the attack is eventually thwarted. As a result, our Cloud Hoster first tries to bill us for all of the extra traffic
Go back 4 steps!

15. End: We made this Infographic!

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