Sex Biz Less Sexy Than Thought

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ning, the white-label social net company, is discontinuing its Red Light District, aka its home for "adult" social networks. It's not a moral or philosophical decision, but an economic one: "[T]hey don't generate enough advertising or premium service revenue to cover their costs." Also, other advertisers don't necessarily enjoy their company, and it's a pain to police content that often violates copyright laws.

I'd be more surprised if I hadn't written this article almost seven years ago. "Welcome to the real world of Internet porn, a market where the easy money has long since been pocketed - and where even the established players aren't enjoying work the way they once did. In addition to the typical hassles that come with running any operation, this hypercompetitive industry brings its own set of issues: unique legal problems, deadbeat customers, and even the occasional moral qualm."

As far as I know, it's the only article I've written to be reprinted in the Japanese edition of Playboy.

 
 
 
 

2 Comments for "Sex Biz Less Sexy Than Thought"

  • Pauli December 04, 2008 10:51 am

    Yes, Alice, someone closing up their lil' 'net porn shoppe because it didn't make money is just a hop, skip and jump from book burning. Good riddance.

  • alice December 03, 2008 2:38 am

    I have a site on Ning that deals with adult lifestyles and education and I have paid Ning each month to host my site from the moment that I created my site. They did not stop from taking my money this month. They have all of my content and data and block us from getting our code. Were talking about thousands of members submitted photos, videos, blogs, forums, member pages and comments and so much more. We have worked long hours to bring out honest truth about different types of adult lifestyles. We were there for ning when they started and now we are getting a bad rap. Its the adult web sites on Ning that kept it going now that they raised Million of dollars they are trying to clean up their act. Gina from Ning give us a wonderful Xmas present ... We have no site any more and no where to go. Not all adults site on Ning are porn but were all going ... what will we start burning books again? This is what Ning sent back to me when I asked about my content. You tell me if you think this is fair 30 days to find a new home and will they give us back our content and how will we be able to integrate it on another sever? Ning was not free we paid to put our sites there and they welcome all of our adults sites with open arms and now what we got was 30 days and get out without any of our content.. Is this fair???? E-mail back from Ning December 3, 2008 [The Ning Team - 12/02/2008 06:24 PM] Regardless of the services you have purchased, if your network is of an adult nature it will be removed on January 1st, 2009. If you'd like to keep your network running on the Ning Platform, you're welcome to make changes so your network no longer falls into our definition of adult network. This includes removing any and all adult content from your network. An adult network includes, but isn?t limited to: Pornography Depictions of sexual acts Sexually explicit or obscene themes These changes take effect on January 1, 2009, so you'll need to make these changes before then.

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