In a bid to cash in on the publicity generated by The Social Network -- the hit movie about Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and the creation of the world's most popular social networking site -- the first (and controversial) website Zuckerberg started at Harvard is up for sale.
FaceMash.com is being listed on Flippa.com, an online auction site for web properties, both existing sites and registered domains. The listing, by a Flippa user named Jaano, is long on hype about buzz surrounding the movie and FaceMash.com's legacy as an historically important site:
I have for sale today the domain name FaceMash.com, Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg's FIRST known website he set-up at Harvard! This is a piece of Internet history - history of a website that perhaps is second only to Google in Global influence!
That's right, second only to Google in Global influence! When you look at that way, a required minimum bid of $8,000 seems like a steal! In fact, for only $35,000 you can own FaceMash.com and its illustrious history today! Today!
Metrics? You want metrics?
Sony Pictures owns FaceMash.net!
OK, maybe that's not a metric, but it is a cool fact, which is even better. Fine, here's a metric:
This website was prominently referenced in the first scene of the recently released move "The Social Network". Traffic has syrocketed since to over 1000 hits a day past 2 days. but is approx. 600/mo on a normalized basis.
Ah yes, the opening scene, where we learn about FaceMash.com's glorious origins...
According to The Harvard Crimson, Facemash "used photos compiled from the online facebooks of nine Houses, placing two next to each other at a time and asking users to choose the 'hotter' person". -- Wikipedia
Who wouldn't want to own a piece of that history? It can be all yours today, for only $35,000.
Or you can wait another 20 days for the end of the auction, when the buzz about the movie has subsided and no one will care anymore.