If you read The Wall Street Journal, watch CNN, or have read a local newspaper lately you have learned all about the 21 year old UK student, Alex Tew, who earned $1,000,000 in under 5 months selling pixel based advertising on a rather odd Web site. His Web site, a confusing patchwork of ads aptly named Milliondollarhomepage.com, was built to raise enough money for Alex to go to college. He shocked the world by selling one million of these pixel ads, each of which is roughly a quarter inch in size.
In interviews with press outlets across the world, it seems that Mr. Tew may have neglected to give credit to two other Web sites that apparently had a lot to do with his success — Digg.com, which is owned in part by eBay co-founder Pierre Omidyar and Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, and Alexa.com, owned by Amazon.com.
Now, for the first time, Press Direct International (www.pressdirectinternational.org) is publishing the possible missing information about Alex and his news making site. The article is titled Founder of Milliondollarhomepage Should Send a Royalty Check to Digg.com and its Members, and will be followed by two additional articles about how Digg.com and sites like it are revolutionizing the consumer generated media industry.
“We investigated the full story about Alex Tew because we felt that there was some omitted information about his success,” states Bob Cefail, Editor of Press Direct International. “We also believe that the real focus of the media spotlight should have been pointed at Digg.com and Alexa. These are the sites that are changing the face of Internet media world.” The article points out several key undisclosed events that may have dramatically impacted the events surrounding the success of Tew’s site.