by Rupert Insider
Picture reproduced courtesy of The Platinum Club
I used my donated password to visit KT today to see if there was anything going on. This is what I found:
1. FAO of All Members – a long, complex notice which boils down to – “don’t give out your KT password to anyone”. It was posted 6 days ago and given prominence in every section of the site and has accumulated the impressive total of 1,400 views.
2. GG is the right man for Liverpool FC – this was intended to be his big report on his trip to Montreal and New York which cost him in excess of 150 membership fees. It was posted 7 days ago and has accumulated 58 views – an average of 6 a day. (By contrast, each one of the blog reports on his trip received over a thousand views).
Does someone want to write Dominik Saillant, Media Relations at the Canadiens, to tell him that the owner of “a major UK media organization” he showed around the press gallery before the Montreal v Toronto game attracted only these numbers. You can contact him HERE
4. Melwood Reports – Training photos The last set were posted 56 days ago – 02 /02/07 – and has accumulated 70 views. There were two other sets on 19th and 5th January and they had accumulated 68 and 88 views.
5. Tomkins on Rafa – Enjoy This is a pirated cut-and-paste job from the Official Site. It was posted less than an hour before I saw it and had already accumulated 651 views and 39 replies.
Paul Tompkins used to write for KT many years ago until Oldham failed to honor a commitment to pay him. (I remember Oldham announcing that he was delighted with Paul’s free contributions and the positive reactions from readers and he would now hire Paul to be exclusive for KT. He made quite a splash about it).
When Paul left KT and went to other unofficial sites such as RAWK and YNWA, Oldham continued to use his material for free by cut-and-pasting from those sites – or allowing his members to do it. When Paul went on to write and sell books about LFC, Oldham would make patronizing remarks about how he gave him his start even though “he was only an ok writer” and often encouraged mocking threads about his articles in the KT free forum – even as recently as 9 months ago. But Oldham has been living off Paul for years.
These stats show that Tomkin’s writings on KT produce far more interest than Oldhams’ s and are the only sign of life on the site.
It suggests to me that the few KT users left who have wandered in from net search-engines are genuinely looking for news and informed comment on their club. They have learned to shovel aside the rubbish about Oldham’s self-obsessed publicity stunts and stale third-hand news to uncover a rare morsel of quality – probably not even realizing it’s stolen.
We’ll have to try harder to get the message to them that they can read Paul Tomkins for free on the Official Site. Click Here
Paul also has his own site with full details of all his books. Click Here
Note: When you analyze the numbers of visits I have quoted above don’t forget to deduct a good percentage for those which came from the KT six computers – Oldham and his family employees – and however many other computers are used by posters who are paid in the form of free memberships as long as they maintain their quota of posts.
And talking of Mods – I did my usual check of Katie in the shout box again – and there she sits like a beggars waif repeating over and over : “Is there anybody there?”