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March 1989 – Genesis of Alaskafy
In March of 1989, while serving in the US Army as a TACCS (Tactical Army Combat Computer Stystems) specialist @tophermaguire created a private bulletin board called Alaskafy. The membership fee for this site was $3 a month and had about 180 military members. The bulletin board was a place for soldiers new to Alaska to hang out and connect. When @tophermaguire was discharged honorably in January of 1993 the Alaskafy bulletin board was deactivated.
October 2013 – Alaskafy Reborn
While at a Make it Alaska show, Michelle Maguire @michellemaguire posed the question to her husband @tophermaguire “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a website and mobile app for Alaskan vendors, like Etsy but just for Alaska, where Alaska vendors can sell not only to Alaska but the rest of the world too?”
@tophermaguire thought it was a great idea and that day, that moment, at that Make it Alaska show @tophermaguire and @michellemaguire began to communicate and get feedback from the vendors at that show.
Every vendor that the Maguire’s connected with at the Make it Alaska show thought Alaskafy would be a great idea. The Maguire’s went to the drawing board and began to create Alaskafy.
October 2016 – Official Launch of Alaskafy
After 2 years of acquiring feedback from potential vendors and shoppers and 3 years of over all research and development Michelle Maguire @michellemaguire and Topher Maguire @tophermaguire her husband officially launched Alaskafy.
Alaskafy is a very robust, feature packed site. See the features list below:
Full on Social Community
Alaskafy is a complete social community very similar to some of the most popular social networks out there today. You can make friend connections, message, tag, mention, follow, add media, form groups-forums and every member gets there own space to blog.
Top Notch Alaska Marketplace
At Alaskafy each member can start there own store. This store is another completely separate profile and at the same time is linked to the members profile. This is very unique and complex yet is still very intuitive for the members to easily create an online store using their logos, colors, branding and so on. Approved vendors get the ability to add unlimited products to their stores, categorize items, select attributes and customize shipping. Any member can apply to be a vendor and the only pre-requisite is that the applicant be an Alaskan business.