QUOTE(chrisoff @ Wed 18th May 2011, 3:07pm)
Is this wikipedia article is about Jimbo's first porno business? Or his first umbrella company? How come none of the source links work? Even the one to the Internet Archive doesn't work.
The article is neglected.
That's because neither Jimbo nor Tim Shell really want to talk about Bomis.
It was long billed as the web's first "babe search engine".
I saw it in those early days.
It started out as a general sales website/webring system, but evolved.........
after a couple years, most of the content, and most of the traffic,
was aimed at soft-core adult material, including the endless thousands of
Geocities and Tripod personal websites containing scans of girly pics
(all copyright violations, and all now gone). Plus, it was full of lame fratboy
wisecracks. "We're like AltaVista, but with more nipple." And worse.
THAT was how Jimbo made his first million. He got out from under it just
as the first dotcom boom was tanking.
Imagine if Larry Flynt suddenly announced that he was starting an online encyclopedia.
That's how ludicrous Jimmy Wales and Wikipedia really
(If you don't believe me, there are captures of it
on archive.org going back to 1997.)This post has been edited by EricBarbour: Thu 19th May 2011, 2:56am