Posts Tagged ‘social networking’

Violet Blue (aka @violetblue) on Twittersexuality

January 22, 2009

from Violet Blue's column on Twittersexuality

from Violet Blue's column on Twittersexuality

Best Sex Writing 2009 contributor Violet Blue (who is reading with us on January 30th at Good Vibrations in Berkeley and February 2nd at Booksmith, see my calendar for details) covers all things Twittersexual, meaning the social networking site Twitter and sex. Violet is @violetblue and I’m @raquelita – who are you on Twitter?

The above examples are from Violet’s column. Here’s a snippet:

So the thought of sending a message out to the Internet (the world) while having sex might seem a bit rude. Or, it might be a turn on. For some, it just sounds weird; on the verge of orgasm can you send a coherent text message? Now that sounds like something a cyber-dominatrix might have a field day with.

And it seems, they do. Sex and the Tweet isn’t a new idea, and it’s on the rise – perhaps even moreso as sex workers, international fetish models, dominatrixes, tech savvy porn stars, adult companies with marketing departments, hip porn directors, sex toy makers, and yes, even sex educators have created accounts and sporadically tell the world what’s on their mind (or other bits) in 140 characters or less. Not to mention all those other “normal” people who use the service, too. The normal people tend to be the dirtier ones, by the way – they’re just harder to find.

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“YouTube and Ning Just Say No to Sex”

December 22, 2008

This is from the NYT Bits Blog on December 3rd, but still relevant, especially as I had so much trouble with my PG-13 rated book trailer for Spanked, which YouTube still has up (and over 75,000 views!) but Vimeo took down.

A quick Google search for “sex” returns a whopping 67 million pages. A search for “porn” turns up more than 18 million pages.

As popular and ubiquitous as sex is on the Internet, it would seem like a natural fit for Web-based businesses looking to attract page views and revenue.

But some big sites built on user-shared content have decided it’s smart business to limit sexually explicit material.

Ning, a platform that lets people create their own social networks, announced Monday that, beginning next year, it will discontinue support for the adult-themed communities housed within site’s aptly named Red Light District.

Gina Bianchini, chief executive and co-founder of Ning, said that adult networks make up less than 1 percent of the 630,000 social networks built using the platform.

“This is not a philosophical decision but a practical one,” said Ms. Bianchini. The site’s Red Light District generates a disproportionate amount of time and manpower to sort out claims of copyright violations related to the unauthorized use of images.

In addition, Ms. Bianchini said, the adult networks don’t generate enough advertising revenue to cover their costs. Moreover, she doesn’t want to “run afoul” of advertisers who might not want their content running alongside explicit material.