Searching for sex?

This will probably get me red-flagged by search engine bots. Never mind. It IS about business and online communities I promise. Nothing gratuitious. Chris O’Brien at Mercury News has an interesting article on Gary Kremen of Grant Media

Eventually, Kremen turned Sex.com into a paid adult search engine, which delivered links to adult Web sites to people looking for porn online. Kremen eventually hired Steve Klopf to be his partner in running Sex.com.

“Our motto is, `We’ll deal with the adult industry so you don’t have to,’ ” Kremen said.

Lots of goodies in that link – including the fact he sold sex.com for 14 million and is now spending the money on a good cause.

And in April, he launched his latest legal assault on the Internet establishment. He sued the American Registry for Internet Addresses, a non-profit corporation that distributes and registers the central Internet addresses for people in North America.

Kremen believes the corporation has an unfair monopoly. It’s a battle that could take years and large sums of money.

“Am I going to make huge amounts of money off this?” Kremen said. “No. But their anti-competitive behavior is just wrong. And if I don’t do this, who will?”

A whore with a heart of gold? Just maybe.

On a slightly different note, I’m fascinated by the closed communities that are popping up. Strong security, no advertising, search engine exempt, word of mouth only. And no, it’s not only for paedophiles!

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Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbes™ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazine™) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAge™). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

3 thoughts on “Searching for sex?

  1. I applaude these communities. There appears to be a shift or trend going on in this type of websites. Some of my usual forums have been privatised or a large section has been made available to only certain contributers.

  2. good that parts of the www cannot be reached by all and sundry. its nice to know ur online life and habits (including sexual predelications) can be masked.

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