BomisPosted 5 years ago under Uncategorized
Bomis (rhymes with “promise”) was a dot-com company (bomis.com) founded in 1996 by Jimmy Wales, Tim Shell, and Michael Davis, and known for supporting the creations of the encyclopedia projects Nupedia and Wikipedia.
Its primary business was advertising sales, but after a number of ideas for content, including being a directory of information about Chicago, the site began to focus on content geared toward a male audience, including information on sporting activities, automobiles, and women.
Bomis became much more profitable after focusing on X-rated media. 1
“Bomis Babes” was devoted to erotic images and adult content. The “Bomis Babe Report” featured adult pictures. Bomis Premium, available for an additional fee, provided x-rated explicit material. “The Babe Engine” helped users find erotic material. The advertising director for Bomis noted that 99 percent of queries on the site were for nude women. 1 2
Bomis created Nupedia as a free online encyclopedia (with content submitted by experts) but it had a tedious, slow review process. Wikipedia was initially launched by Bomis to provide content for Nupedia.