Release the Memes
Never let it be said you can’t build a business on viral images that’d make a Sunday school teacher’s eyes bleed. Today Imgur, the image-sharing site long considered the Gary Walsh to Reddit’s Selina Meyer, announced that it’s hit 100 million monthly unique users, landing the site at number 28 on Alexa.com’s ranking of top sites.
In a chat with Betabeat, the company’s leaders, CEO Alan Schaaf and COO Matt Strader, were careful to underline diplomatically all the ways Imgur has expanded beyond its role as the cobbled-together infrastructure of Reddit.
It’s hard to work out when there’s so much Internet out there to peruse. Why run in place at a smelly gym or, even worse, outside in the fresh air, when you could be tweeting, researching string theory and examining before-and-after celebrity nose job pics all at once from the comfort of your couch?
Yahoo is reportedly in talks with Foursquare for a “data partnership.” Sorry it’s not an acquisition rumor, you guys. [BuzzFeed]
Speaking of Yahoo, the company garnered 196.6 million page views in July, beating Google by four million. Comscore rankings show it as the number-one website in America. [AllThingsD]
Last week, IT expert Khalil Shreateh exposed a major flaw on Facebook and posted it on Mark Zuckerberg’s wall. Since that violated the company’s terms of service, he was denied a $500 reward. The Internet did one better by crowdfunding him a $11,000 bounty. [The Verge]
Apple has lured a senior V.P. from Levi’s to lead its retail stores. [9to5Mac]
Reddit hates a lot of companies so here’s a list of them. [Daily Dot]
Patti Stanger, Chris Harrison and everybody else fighting valiantly to uphold the sanctity of the marriage proposal can just go quit their jobs now, because a dude just proposed to his girlfriend on Reddit. Via memes.
The horrific proposal was posted this morning by a user who goes by the name SirTechnocracy, so I suppose we shouldn’t be terribly surprised. Take a look at it here:
The gym is supposed to be a sacred place where people can grunt, sweat and make fools of themselves in peace. With the advent of camera phones and social media, though, meanies can now post pics of fellow gym-goers in the most compromising of positions.
But if there’s one thing the Internet loves more than hatery creepshots, it’s vigilante justice. One Australian butthead found that out the hard way when he got banned from his gym after mocking someone on Facebook.
ALL YOUR MEME ARE BELONG TO US
You’ve always known it, but now there’s hard numbers: Pew’s Internet & American Life project today released the results of a study which found that Anna Kendrick notwithstanding, Reddit is especially popular among young men. Try to contain your shock!
Researchers conducted a poll and found that six percent of adults online are Redditors. However, 15 percent of dudes 18 to 29 said they’re users, while a mere five percent of women the same age did. Men are, overall, twice as likely to frequent the site.
If 90 percent of the links on your Reddit front page don’t already direct to the photo hosting site Imgur, then they soon will. The company announced today that it is releasing its very own meme generator to fill the gaping hole of no doubt riveting, thoughtful content left on Reddit when Quickmeme Read More
In a post published to the Kickstarter blog today, the New York-based crowdfunding platform wrote that it was “wrong” to allow a controversial dating book published by a Redditor to collect funded on Kickstarter. The book, which many have called a “rape manual,” included several passages that suggested men make unwanted advances on women, though its creator insists the quotes were taken out of context.
The book, to be published by Redditor Ken Hoinsky, raised over $16,000 on Kickstarter. Despite calling it “abhorrent,” Kickstarter initially declined to remove it, stating that “the material on Reddit did not warrant the irreversible action of canceling the project.”
Love in the Time of Algorithms
In a statement provided to Betabeat, the powers that be at Kickstarter announced that they will not be taking down the project for Redditor Ken Hoinsky’s dating advice book, which contains unsettling suggestions for how to treat women, including “grab her hand and put it right on your dick.” The book, called Above the Game: A Guide to Getting Awesome With Women, far surpassed its Kickstarter funding goal and promises to compile much of the dating advice the prolific Mr. Hoinsky has published to Reddit over the years.
Update: Kickstarter has decided not to remove the project.
Are you a foreveralone munching on Cheetos in your mom’s basement, wondering how to get women to touch your penis? Good news: Ken Hoinsky, whom you might know as “TofuTofu” on Reddit, has drawn up a comprehensive dating guide to help teach guys everywhere how to “get awesome with women”–and also make creepy unwanted advances on them.