Pageviews and unique penises

Pud,

What happened to Mobog.com? I loved looking at cameraphone pics while I was on the phone with customers.

Thanks,
Pete
35 years old
Tampa, Florida

Hi Pete,

Thanks for your interest.

For those who don’t know, Mobog.com was a site that I built in 2003 that allowed you to instantly upload pics from your camera phone to the Internet. If you’ve heard of Twitter, it was similar to that, but for pictures instead of text.

The site was always kinda broken because I didn’t spocus on it (one day I’ll post something about “spocus” — speed & focus, the word taught to me by a friend of mine years ago). Nevertheless, at its height there was a new pic posted every second.

But the problem with publishing user generated photos on the Internet, is that it will ultimately devolve into porn unless heavily moderated. Sites like MySpace, Facebook, and Photobucket review every single photo that reaches the sites, and porno pics are removed.

It’s pretty easy to build a system for cheap laborers around the world to review pics and pluck out the dirty ones. But I never got around to it.

And what started out as clean wholesome fun, turned into the world’s largest collection of penis pictures on the Internet. Every couple of minutes, someone new would send in a picture of their penis.

And it was accelerating.

I became less concerned with the number of “unique users” visiting my site, and became worried about the number of unique penises. With about 1,000 unique penises per day, doubling every 2 weeks, I calculated that by the year 2009, one-in-three men in the United States will have uploaded a picture of his penis to my website.

🙂

Anyway, I shut it down. One of the more unfortunate parts is that — as I was in the process of shutting it down — I was unexpectedly informed that FHM magazine chose Mobog as #1 in their list of “50 most addictive websites.” (click the picture below)

Ah well.

13 Responses to “Pageviews and unique penises”


  1. 1 Anthony Longo November 20, 2007 at 10:02 am

    Starting a vote for a relaunch!

  2. 2 Anonymous November 20, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    Honestly Pud, shutting it down is crazy… crazy! Why not sell it, or let someone manage it for christ sake?! Dude…. seriously, dumb move, and I’m sounding “harsh” because I really like a lot of the stuff you’ve done and think you have GREAT ideas but then you let them go to waste as is the case here. Relaunch it as a “web 2.0” site!!!!!! 🙂

  3. 3 shawnblog December 2, 2007 at 2:01 am

    Dude, it was such a winner of an idea! 😉

  4. 4 On the Ropes December 20, 2007 at 4:15 am

    As one of the American men whose penis has yet to be photographed for submission, I implore you to relaunch your site.

    “I am ready for my close-up.”

  5. 5 Michael December 26, 2007 at 10:23 am

    Actually, if you want to resurect it, our company FBM eServices (Philippines) offers cheap content moderation services. We can also help host it on our servers in the US if you’re interested.

    I’m from Menlo Park and we know technology…would be fun to partner up on something!

    http://www.fbmeservices.com is a spin off of http://www.fbmsoftware.com

  6. 6 Anonymous January 6, 2008 at 3:45 am

    Couldn’t you flag incoming phone numbers by the number of penises they uploaded? That’s still one penis per phone number, but if volume-per-uploaders follows the zipf distribution as it should you’d greatly reduce the number of unique penii.

  7. 7 Anonymous February 21, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    I vote to bring it back

  8. 8 jimbob April 26, 2008 at 9:34 am

    …and porn is bad how?

  9. 9 john smith April 27, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Whos gonna look at photos of my cock now?

  10. 10 bee April 28, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    POST MOAR COCK!

  11. 11 phil May 21, 2008 at 7:47 am

    what happened to all the pictures posted onto mobog before you closed it down


  1. 1 Mobog Subject of Berkeley Research : Ask Pud Trackback on April 24, 2008 at 3:48 pm
  2. 2 Mobog is back! and Stronger than ever Trackback on November 18, 2008 at 12:20 am

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