Anonymous Space was one of my big guns that I created in 2007 and was up until 2009 when the new owners mistakenly shut if down. Come on who shuts down a site that has an Alexa ranking in the 20,000 and is still climbing. Who shuts down a site that is serving 100’s of millions of inbound links. Well no use crying of spilled milk especially if you where not the one who spilled it.
This site was a based on a simple concept… Image sharing. This model has been done again and again but Anonymous space was one of the first. The premise was simply to offer a place where people could upload and host images for their social networking sites. The point was to keep it simple and make it easy to use.
While the site itself is based on an open source engine I did bring in a developer to make the user interface more friendly. Don’t get me wrong I love the CMS it ran on but it was developed be developers and they would have really benefited from a designer to help with the interface. The final design allowed members to feel like they had more ownership over their contributions to the site and made it more attractive and friendly.
We started it out as a site targeting the recovery community, which offered a good user base to draw from, but the site attracted everyone eventually due to the inclusive name of the site. In its prime the site indexed over 20,000 images and they were sort able and placed in categories.
Its to Simple:
Honestly the site is too simple to really write to much about it. It served images and did traffic that was amazing in comparison to anything else I have ever worked on. This is a great place to point out how important it is to keep your concept simple.
The site was up from over 2 years and was finally a casualty of Hythiams money issues and a new more unsuccessful marketing strategy. Personally it was a bad move because the site was established which really is the most difficult phase. All that was left was to determine how to make it profitable.