What happened to the Million Dollar Homepage guy? He's now the $3m face book guy

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Ever wondered what happened to the university student who created the Million Dollar Homepage back in 2005? Well, via PopJam, and other exploits Alex Tew returned to his roots. This time you can buy a piece of real estate in a book, which will feature one million profile pictures from Facebook. In other words, a real “Facebook”.

You just go to OneMillionPeople, log in via Facebook, pick where you want your face in the book, pay $3 (inflation?) for your face (add more slots if you want for friends) and pay via PayPal. Cleverly it’s very each to share your position on the page via a unique URL.

I just paid $27 to get some nice white space around mine, but alas it expires in 30 days. Maybe I’ll auction them for charity (yeah, like someone wants their face near mine).

Of course, the long and the short of it is that this is not a traditional ‘sustainable’ business. It’s also something of a re-tread of Tew’s old idea. But in execution it is simple, easy and frankly rocks in a fun kind of way.

Oh, and it may make him $3m. We shall see.

  • http://www.onemillioncunts.com Rob

    OneMillionCunts.com would have been a better idea.

    Bio states entreprenuer, er, he is having a laugh.

  • http://www.Billiondollarhomepage.com Rob

    Incidently when he lost 6figs last time round the comments section was almost right:

    http://eu.techcrunch.com/2010/01/07/its-lol-over-folks-popjam-finally-deadpools/?replytocom=305647#comment-305700

    Billiondollarhomepage.com :)

  • http://www.housebites.com Simon

    ‘sustainable business’. Who cares!!!?? Well done tewy. Keep those unsustainable businesses coming and hush those jealous onlookers.

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  • http://www.om4b.co.uk Diane

    I guess he’s thinking if it worked before why not try it again using the millions of people already on Facebook – easy money once he gets people hooked!

  • http://blog.kashflow.com Duane Jackson

    There are plenty of supposedly sustainable business propositions that never get off the ground and end up losing millions of other peoples money.

    Funny how the green-eyed monsters remain anonymous

    Good luck, Alex.

  • Arne Wieding

    We shall see. After all it doesnt have the long time advertising effect the milliondollarhome had which is like an internet legend now and which will still have some traffic even after 5 years.

    This is clearly not targeted to businesses though..so we will see..Is anyone going to buy that book anyway ?
    Might be a fun idea, but i think its pretty pointless. Until now he has sold maybe 50 spaces, lets see if it works ;)

    • Michael

      Also this is on multiple (1250 to be exact!) pages making it much less attractive.

  • Chirag

    This draws parallels to one hit wonders in the pop world. This dude is one crazy frog!

  • steve baxter

    What an utter crock, @Rob has it nearly right, except I can think of two more: “entrepreneur” Alex Tew (nice pic, Alex – trying to look like Derren Brown? DeNiro in Angel Heart? Well, you don’t), and Mike Butcher for promoting such rubbish. “Frankly rocks” my arse. No real tech companies in the UK doing anything worth reporting on?

    This is even worse than the sucking-up last week to reality-show contestant and struggling blogger Michelle Dewberry. Is this a tech business blog, or one dedicated to publicising the lame efforts of the Z-list?

    • Lorna James

      Steve

      By the way you so curtly pull down a person’s efforts (who made a million in one quick win), slag off “z-listers” (who compete and win against over 20,000 people) and insult a journalist (who runs one of the most successful Tech blogs), I’m guessing that you must be out there running successful businesses of your own?

      The way I see it is simple. Two types of people in this world, the people that do, try and persist and those that sit in the wings sniping and mocking the efforts of others.

      I know which one I’d rather be…

      Alex: Best of luck with the project.
      Michelle: Love thedailychic.
      Mike: Big fan of TC, keep it coming.

      • http://www.twitter.com/ivailoj Ivailo

        Hi Lorna,
        Sorry to butt in on this conversation.
        As it is not my place, I don’t like to state opinions on whether companies are “newsworthy” or exciting, however I do think that maybe Steve has a point. There are many interesting and successful European start-ups that do not get “airplay” on TC Europe, so it is sometimes surprising to see coverage of companies, that seems motivated by things other then how “exciting their current product is.

        just my 2 cents :)

        Having said that though,
        Good luck to Alex and Michelle and still a big fan of TC

  • Bear St

    one trick pony …. not news worthy,

  • http://www.hw-brands.com Brand

    I don’t believe that he will succeed

  • http://www.marcinkruk.com Marcin Kruk

    He should start for the last page to build momentum… getting the first page filled is easy just with friends and relatives ;-)

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  • paul

    What do you mean £3 million?

    If you read the details the spaces cost $3 but the actual coffee table book will be around $100 each so that = £103 million!

  • paul

    actually more if everyone buys a book and their Mum!

  • paul

    woops…minus the cost of producing the book of course!

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  • Louis

    what do you thing about this one page.

    http://theadvertisingrace.com

  • http://www.thenovelnetwork.com John

    How about http://www.thenovelnetwork.com for eBook downloads?

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