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RISCOS.org joins pixel ad bandwagon

By Chris Williams. Published: 19th Jan 2006, 01:30:50 | Permalink | Printable

If it works for a penniless uni student, it can work for ROS

Screen grab of the original million dollar pixel advert websiteLeaping onto the recent advertising craze where pixels of a website are sold off to advertisers, Paul Vigay is shamelessly flogging space on his riscos.org website. 50 quid will buy you a 10 by 10 pixel square that links to your own website, the aim being to build up enough pixels to create a suitable advert banner or eye catching image on the currently empty grid. Inspired by the original 'Million Dollar Homepage', Paul hopes to plough cash raised into future RISC OS related developments.

If all the squares are bought up, Paul could net £100000, although it is still very early days at the moment. Advertisers can be RISC OS companies, or private individuals and websites that cater for other users of the platform.

Paul said: "I could fund worthy software applications that perhaps deserve a bit more time than part-time hobby projects. If shareware authors thought they could make a worthwhile amount of money from something, then we might get some new applications being developed.

"Alternatively, perhaps tempt some past developers back to RISC OS, such as the guys who wrote TopModel2 or something. I'll see how it goes. Of course, it might be a flop and no one is interested - but at least I've tried."

Paul also suggested that selling off the grid space could be a way to funnel money into code ransom-style projects. Meanwhile the Million Dollar Homepage is currently suffering at the hands of its success, after being knocked offline for a week by the Internet's version of protection racketers.

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Not another copycat :(

The original site gained publicity and sponsors because was a novel, and frankly such a ridiculous idea it was bound to attract attention.

This just wont work twice, all you end up with is tiny a very expensive advertising hoarding, that no one will look at so no one will sponsor.

 is a RISC OS Userdruck on 19/1/06 9:04AM
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ah but is paul going to hide a message for the aliens in each pixel using steg?

 is a RISC OS Usersimo on 19/1/06 9:49AM
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Well i think we should start our own cash raising project here to raise funds for drobe to buy some pixel space on there, anyone wanna chip in a quid? ;-)

 is a RISC OS UserFuzzy on 19/1/06 10:19AM
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Oh dear, oh dear.

I'm with druck on this. It's gonna end up one very sad looking site indeed. At least he tried? True. But is there anyone out there who thinks it'll work? =) -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 19/1/06 2:46PM
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It might have stood more of a chance if it was at the top of the page, and the squares were twice the size and a tenth the price...

Without novelty bringing heavy traffic, and with most potential advertisers already well known by the readers of the site, I think it's hard to justify that price - they just wouldn't make their money back.

 is a RISC OS Userradiac on 19/1/06 3:22PM
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Spam on newsgroups to advertise an overpriced advertising medium, surely something to be applauded. By Pauls pricing his 'Advertise Here' logo would cost 1000 pounds per year. I'm sure there are better and cheaper ways for RISC OS companies to advertise. Hey they could send their spam to csa.announce as well, it worked for Paul he got a drobe article out of it. Hey, I know, for 100 quid you can buy my drobe avatar and url. I promise I'll post on every article this year.

 is a RISC OS Userflibble on 19/1/06 4:56PM
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Unusually, I agree with druck again! The original concept was a ridiculous hype vehicle that entertained punters with short attention spans, gold diggers, and lazy journalists, thus netting the one trick pony behind it a fair score. There's no basis for extrapolating business genius from the exercise or for considering it a viable revenue generating model.

Of course, "business genius" in modern Britain is all about laying employees off and cashing out, anyway - other concepts beloved of our journalist chums.

 is a RISC OS Userguestx on 19/1/06 7:47PM
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flibble:

Contract and Cheque in post, artwork with the artist now B-)

 is a RISC OS Userstdevel on 19/1/06 8:28PM
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At least Paul is attempting to raise money for developpement

 is a RISC OS Userhighlandcattle on 19/1/06 9:52PM
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Show me the money! :)

 is a RISC OS Userflibble on 20/1/06 10:51AM
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flibble: Y'think Lego would have something to say about that? Still, it's making me chuckle =) -- Spriteman

 is a RISC OS UserSpriteman on 20/1/06 4:04PM
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How about a scrabble system to fund Drobe. It works like this...

Each user buys credit that pays allows them to post messages. Each letter is assigned a value - just like in scrabble. When a user posts an item, the value of the letters used is calculated and that amount is deducted from the users remaining credit.

To improve the quality of postings, users can earn credits if other people give them a positive rating for the item they have posted.

Earn free credits by contributing articles to Drobe.

OK, my cut is just 10% credited directly to my posting credit...

Cheers Steve

 is a RISC OS Userknutson on 24/1/06 7:17AM
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Gasp, I have been shown the money! :)

However I'm allowed break the contract and give the money to charity, so I shall.

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 is a RISC OS Userflibble on 26/1/06 11:36AM
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