Feeds

Pixel-flogging student makes a million

Can you believe it...?

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Alex Tew, the student from Wiltshire who came up with the crazy idea of flogging one-million pixels for a dollar a throw, has done it: four months after launching his million-dollar homepage to try to fund his university education, Tew has sold the lot. Every single last little pixel.

Tew decided to flog the last remaining 1,000 pixels on eBay. And, when the auction closed yesterday evening, the bidding for the last available space on this giant pixel billboard stood at $38,100 - around £21,600.

It means Tew's site has succeeded in generating just over a million dollars - or almost £600,000 - since its launch in September.

Details of who snapped up the last remaining dots has yet to be confirmed, but no doubt there will be a big song and dance made of it.

Apart from Tew's own personal success, the most interesting part of the "million-dollar pixel" phenomenon has been the number of copycat sites looking to cash-in on the craze.

One of the latest comes from a young woman not long out of uni, whose pinkmilliondollars.com site is aimed at women.

"Pinkmilliondollars is a place where women from all over the world can come together in a safe and supportive environment to discuss topics, share experiences, give advice or simply enjoy the company of like-minded individuals with complete anonymity, if desired," said 22-year-old Rupa Kanabar in a statement.

The site has so far signed up five advertisers - including a singer/songwriter and a bikini retailer - and has a heck of a long way to go before it emulates the success of Tew's original site. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it
Go ahead, you're all clear, kid... Sorry, wrong film
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'
Former CEO has political ambitions again, according to Washington DC sources
prev story

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.