The 1 million Dollar Homepage
‘Million Dollar Homepage’ entrepreneur returns
Tew looks for a few (million) good men
Internet | 29 Sep 2010 : The British entrepreneur who five years ago netted $1m with his Million Dollar Homepage website – in which advertisers bought pixels on a Web page a dollar at a time – is back with a $3m idea that he describes as a “real face book”.
Twenty-six year-old Alex Tew’s One Million People will charge users $3 to upload a single picture of themselves with a goal of achieving a million images. Tew will print a book – “an actual, real face book” – once the million slots are filled.
“The goal is to take a snapshot of the Facebook generation, and immortalise one million faces in a stunning printed book”, he explained. “It will be a timeless physical symbol of the social Web revolution and how more than ever, we are all part of one global community.”
Tew shot to fame when in 2005 when the penniless student created The Million Dollar Homepage. A simple and brazen scheme to sell 1 million pixels of ad space for $1 each, The site became a worldwide Internet sensation and achieved its goal in just four months.
Tew admits his new project is inspired by his previous creation: “The Million Dollar Homepage was a snapshot of the Internet at the time, a vibrant tapestry of different ads and logos. I was thinking how much the Internet has
changed over the past five years, and that’s what gave me the idea: let’s reinvent the concept and take a snapshot of the web today: the social web.”
According to Tew over 1,000 people have signed up since the site went live earlier in the week, and he also revealed that he is reserving the first space in the book for Facebook founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.
The project can be found at www.onemillionpeople.com.
published by techcentral
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