Saturday, May 5, 2007

Simply Genius


Late last night, I was rummaging around Google seeking information on today's Kentucky Derby field, when I was directed to one of the most clever and most original web pages ever! When I got this website loaded, I couldn't believe it- and I'm just a bit jealous of the creator, Alex Tew. Here is a link to a very clever website, where you also find that it itself links to at least two other imitating sites.



Worth a look! And really, hat's off to this bright teen aged whizkid (he's 21 yrs old now). I found the following information about Alex's site on oddweek.com.


The Million Dollar Homepage is a website conceived by Alex Tew, a 21-year-old student from Wiltshire, England to help raise money for his university education. Launched on August 26, 2005, the website is said to have generated a gross income of $1,037,100.00 and has a current Google PageRank of 7.


The home-page of the site consists of a 1000 x 1000 pixel grid (one million pixels), on which he sells image-based links for US $1 per pixel, in minimum ten by ten blocks. A person who buys one or more of these pixelblocks can design a tiny image which will be displayed on them, and also decide a URL which he or she wants them to link to, as well as a slogan displayed when hovering the mouse over the link.


The aim of the site was to sell all of the pixels in the image, thus generating one million dollars of income for the creator, which seems to have been accomplished. On January 1, 2007, the final 1,000 pixels left were put up for auction on eBay. The auction closed on January 11 (imagine that!), with the winning bid of $38,100.00. This brought the final tally to $1,037,100 in gross income.
Congratulations Kid, you are a millionaire!

2 comments:

Abouna said...

That is one heck of a web page, and mind boggling also. That is pure genius.

The Localmalcontent said...

isn't it?? Man, I wish that YOU thought of it, instead!~