Infobox Dotcom company
company_name = Bomis, Inc.
company_type = Private
foundation = 1996
location_city = St. Petersburg,
United StatesFact|date=February 2007
revenue = N/A
num_employees = 10
url = [http://www.bomis.com www.bomis.com]
alexa = ~60,000
language = English
registration = no
launch_date = 1996
current_status = active
Bomis (PronEng|ˈbɑməs) [ [http://www.bomis.com/about/bomis_faq.html Bomis FAQ] ] is a
dot-com companyfounded in 1996. Its primary business is the sale of advertisingon the Bomis.com search portal. It was founded by Jimmy Walesand Tim Shell, and provided support for the free encyclopedia projects Nupediaand Wikipedia. As of 2006, Tim Shell is the CEO of Bomis.
On the Bomis.com site, Bomis creates and hosts
web rings around popular search terms. The rings are currently categorized broadly as "Babe", "Entertainment", "Sports", "Adult", "Science fiction", and "Other". [cite web
title=Bomis What's New
accessyear=2008 ] The "Adult", "Babe", and "Entertainment" categories are the most frequently updated and the most popular. In addition, Bomis hosts a copy of the
Open Directory Projectsearch directory. Revenue from search-related pages is generated from advertising and affiliate marketing.
Bomis ran a website called "Bomis Premium" at premium.bomis.com until 2005, offering customers access to premium pornographic content.
Until mid-2005, Bomis also featured the "Bomis Babe Report", a free
blog, publishing news and reviews about celebrities, models, and the adult entertainmentindustry. The "Babe Report" prominently linked to "Bomis Premium" and frequently posted updates about new models joining Bomis. Bomis has also operated nekkid.info, a free repository of selected erotic photographs, [See [http://www.whois.sc/nekkid.info domain name registration information] and [http://web.archive.org/web/*/www.nekkid.info/ archived copies] ] and continues to host " The Babe Engine", "a precision babe search engine", which indexes photos ranging from glamour photographyto pornography. [The site is advertised on Bomis.com; as of March 2006, it resolved to the same IP addressas premium.bomis.com, and it uses bomis.com as its nameservers.]
In addition to its pornography and search properties, Bomis has provided hosting to websites supporting Objectivist and other
libertarianpolitical views, including the "Freedom's Nest", [cite web|title=Freedom's Nest website|url=http://www.freedomsnest.com|accessmonthday=March 16 |accessyear=2006] a database of books and quotes, and "We the Living", a large objectivist community website which is now defunct.
Role in the creation of Nupedia and Wikipedia
Bomis is best known for having supported the creation of the free-content online
encyclopediaprojects Nupedia and Wikipedia. Wales started Nupedia in 2000, and Larry Sangerwas hired to manage and edit that project. A year into the development of Nupedia, a wiki was set up as a way to solicit new drafts for Nupedia; named Wikipedia. While originally intended as a 'feeder' project for Nupedia, Wikipedia — with its much lower barriers to contribution — rapidly outgrew its parent in size and attention.
For a while, Bomis provided
web servers and bandwidth for these projects, paid Sanger in his role as project editor-in-chief (until he left the projects in 2002), and owned key items such as the associated domain names; however, as the costs and popularity of Wikipedia rose, a general reluctance to display advertising on the site — together with a desire to reflect the spirit of openness and neutrality central to Wikipedia — suggested an alternative ownership model.
Wikimedia Foundationwas formally announced on June 20, 2003, and all intellectual property and domain name assets were transferred or donated to this non-profit organization. Existing server hardware was not transferred. [cite web|url=http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikipedia-l/2003-June/010743.html|title=Wikipedia-l - Announcing Wikimedia Foundation|accessdate=2007-04-07] Larry Sanger had left the project by this time, but Jimmy Wales retains a key role on the board of the Foundation, along with users elected from the Wikimedia community. The Foundation now funds the operation of Wikipedia (and its sister projects) primarily through donations from readers. Bomis CEO Tim Shell was the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation until December 2006, when he was replaced by Jan-Bart de Vreede.
External links and sources
* [http://www.bomis.com/ Official Bomis website]
* [http://www.bomis.com/about/slogans.html List of Bomis slogans] – a random slogan from the list is displayed on each www.bomis.com page
* [http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikipedia-l/2001-October/000657.html Jimmy Wales on the Wikipedia-L mailing list about Bomis]
October 28, 2001
* [http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/media/article774973.ece Jimmy Wales and Bomis - Times Online]
* [http://www.wired.com/culture/lifestyle/news/2005/12/69880 Jimmy Wales and Bomis - wired.com]
* [http://www.alexa.com/data/details/main/bomis.com bomis.com] at Alexa.com
* [http://www.quantcast.com/bomis.com bomis.com] at
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.