Posted on September 13, 2005 at 12:13 AM
The million dollar home page is the genesis of soon-to-be University of England student Alex Tew. He is selling 10x10 pixel blocks for $1 a pixel, or for you math geniuses out there, $100 a block. The money he raises from the site will be used to fund his education, support his parents, and buy expensive, long lasting, non-disintegrating socks.
While I think this is a great idea, I'm sure you're money would be better spent in other forms of online advertising like Google's Adwords. Though the site promises to be up for at least 5 years, I think you may find that if it ever reaches full capacity, your 10x10 image will disappear in a sea of pixels. And I imagine downloading 10,000 images to view one page will take a considerable amount of time even for the hardiest of broadband connections. My guess is that most of the money he earns will go to paying the bandwidth bill of his site.
At the time this blog went to press, he has made $8,700, which of course is $8700 more than blog has ever made. It will be interesting to see how far it goes.
Not to be out done, another site has popped up for you penny pinching pixel scrooges out there who think $100 for a 10x10 pixel block is a tad expensive. You might find that the million penny homepage is more your style. A copycat site of the million dollar homepage, this site operates under the same general idea of it's predecessor but offers pixels for a penny a piece. I hope this guy got some hell of deal on internet bandwidth, if not this mensa may end up owing money if his site ever takes off.
And finally, to give both sites a run for their money, we have the zero dollar homepage (caution: slow loading page), where anyone can upload their image and point it to the URL of their choosing free of charge. Look for this site to become inundated with spam, porn and other nefarious internet links.
Coming soon to an internet near you, the billion dollar homepage. Will the lunacy ever end?