The Most Infamous Girl in the History of the Internet
August 25, 2008
We’ve all seen her. You’re innocently typing a website URL into the address bar, make a typo, and there she is.
She’s the “parked domain girl”, and she’s been viewed more than the Paris Hilton sex tape or Miss Teen South Carolina’s inspirational eloquence on domestic map shortages and the South African education system.
(See an example at why5.com)
Demand Media is the company responsible for pimping out this girl on empty websites set up to generate money from accidental visits. The Demand Media business model is this — scoop up generic or keyword-rich domain names and sell advertising space despite the lack of any iota of useful content.
It’s not exactly spamming, but it’s just one notch above mass emailing Viagra ads.
This poor girl was harmlessly walking to Psych 301 class and smiled for a snapshot. Now she’s being exploited more than Miley Cyrus or teenage Chinese gymnasts by people who take domain name monetization too far.
How the guys behind this sleep at night is beyond me, but apparently they do so in a bed of $100 bills.
Who is she?
Does anyone know who she is? Does she get paid per page impression? The Baha Men swiped 10% royalty every time “Who Let The Dogs Out” played. I can only hope this girl has a similar arrangement.
In an attempt to solve the riddle behind this infamous portrait, I looked closely at the background and now believe she is standing on the University of Texas campus next to the famous 307-foot tower.
Here’s my photographic evidence:
What do you think?