I’m sure most of you are familiar with the Million Dollar Homepage, which is essentially someone selling 1,000,000 pixels of advertising space on one page for $1 each. It’s been rather successful, selling out all 1,000,000 pixels and making a college student in Europe quite a bit of spare cash. Hundreds of copycat pixel-selling sites have sprouted up, with some having minor success, but nothing coming close to the original.
Naturally, there must be a Web 2.0 version of this, and thus 1000tags.com is born. As the title suggests, there are 1000 tags for sale, and the price changes based on if it’s exclusive and how big or colorful you make the tag display you buy. Some think it leads to more exciting things like tag cloud syndication tools, while others think it’s a smart idea that can’t be copied easily.
While I will admit it’s a somewhat clever twist on a original idea, I don’t think 1000Tags.com or the original Million Dollar Homepage are useful tools. The only reason to advertise on either to get some random traffic from the publicity. After the hype is over, what value will these sites have? Is anyone actually going to use them to find something? I don’t think so.
If you frame it as a neat sidenote that will make the owner some money, I’m perfectly okay with it. But some of the hype being thrown the way of the original Million Dollar Homepage is ridiculous, let’s hope things stay under control for people’s opinion on how great 1000Tags.com really is as an idea and useful website.
UPDATE: A commenter has let me know about their site TagSponsor.com which is the same idea, launched at a similar time. Due to the success of the Million Dollar Home Page, this doesn’t surprise me. I think TagSponsor’s challenge is to get the same buzz now to keep up, although the pricing looks cheaper which could help.