More than 43
Million Hits to
New Web Sites
hen a computer trade publication noted that the White House site on the Internet’s World Wide Web (or “Web”) had 1.25 million “hits” in its first six months — and that “If you can beat that, you’re onto a winner” — those creating new web sites took note. And, since then, numerous other institutions, including the Vatican, have sought to create even more popular new destinations on the Internet.
But the Church of Scientology’s sites on the Web marked the end of the second month following their eye-catching debut by celebrating a cyberspace milestone: 3.8 million hits in less than three months. By the end of six months, the hits had soared to 8 million and by January 1998, 21 months after the first three sites opened, passed the 43 million mark.
Collectively known as the Global Scientology Information Center, the sites enjoy a growing popularity which is not confined to casual surfers. No less than 50 awards have been presented to the sites in the first nine months of 1997 — a total of 90 to date.
The response by casual browsers of every description to the three original sites — on Dianetics, Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard — has been enthusiastic, so much so that more than 80 additional sites were added in response to the demand, in English and four major foreign languages.
The best way to get an idea of what these sites are about is to log on and see for yourself. Once logged on, the visitor can select his language of choice — including not only English, but Spanish, French, German and Italian as well — by selecting the appropriate flag. As part of the largest multimedia presence on the Web, users can get virtually all of their questions about the Church of Scientology answered while enjoying a broad range of unique features, such as an interactive view “inside” the human mind.
Not content with using the most state-of-the-art technology in its development of the sites, Scientologists have continued to enhance the quality as new technology becomes available.
The addresses for the original Global Scientology Information Center Web sites are:
Since those three went online, the new sites added to the Global Scientology Information Center include one that gives the most up-to-date and accurate information about the Scientology religion. It can be viewed at: http://www.scientologytoday.org
Another popular site, http://faq.scientology.org, answers commonly asked questions about the Scientology religion, while “virtual reality” tours of major Church organizations around the world, such as the Founding Church of Scientology in Washington, D.C. — at http://foundingchurch.scientology.org — are available and well-traveled.
Freedom magazine’s site (http://www.freedommag.org) features many editions of Freedom in English and other languages. Another site, established by Freedom to provide information and documentation of officially sanctioned discrimination and human rights abuses against minorities in today’s Germany, is available at: http://germany.freedommag.org
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights, founded by the Church of Scientology in 1969 as an independent body to expose and eradicate criminal acts and human rights abuses by psychiatry all over the world, provides in-depth knowledge on activities in this arena at: http://www.cchr.org
With more than 117 million copies of his works sold in 31 languages in over 105 nations, L. Ron Hubbard is one of the most acclaimed and widely read authors of all time. One can browse the lists of his works, read articles and make purchases online at http://www.bridgepub.com — the site of Bridge Publications Inc.
The entirety of The Scientology Handbook, an encyclopedic reference work containing invaluable practical knowledge and solutions to life’s problems, is online at: http://www.scientologyhandbook.org
New sites include the full text of a series of in-depth magazines and special publications that address aspects of the life of
L. Ron Hubbard as a humanitarian, educator, leader in the field of drug rehabilitation, writer, philosopher, poet, musician, adventurer and more. These can be accessed at: