Badpuppy Goes Tubular with OgleMe Website
COCOA, Fla. – Badpuppy has soft-launched a new website that blends aspects of social-networking and tube sites. OgleMe allows users to share amateur and professional videos, enjoy video chat and conferencing, and to blog. The site is designed to appeal to straight, bisexual and gay consumers and is free.
The gay side of OgleMe features branded channels devoted to Badpuppy and other gay content producers who are part of the Badpuppy network.
“We are also excited to be opening up a new advertising opportunity to select strategic partners who also produce their own content for their membership websites but are not a part of the Badpuppy network,” said Badpuppy Enterprises Inc. marketing and advertising manager Lisa Turner.
“When that other tube site pulled all webmaster content in February, it had a disastrous effect on my revenue,” said Casey Black, a video producer and webmaster for ClubAmateurUSA, which has been part of the Badpuppy network for five years. “That situation, coupled with the current economic crisis and the proliferation of [peer-to-peer] sharing of copyrighted adult material by unscrupulous end users, has left me struggling to survive this ‘perfect storm.’ So, when Bill [Pinyon, Badpuppy’s chief executive officer] called to share with me the ClubAmateurUSA channel on OgleMe.com, it was like I had been waiting to exhale for six months.
“There has been a rush of emotion, and words simply cannot express how appreciative and overwhelmingly excited I am for Badpuppy’s OgleMe.com,” he added.
“We’ve been approached over the past year to open a site like OgleMe.com by a few video production companies, two of which have already begun uploading videos,” Pinyon said. “We wanted to make sure and have a system where any ‘Joe Six Pack’ could share their own videos, but channels could be established for legitimate video production companies.
“Just a heads up: OgleMe.com is not a ‘free-for-all’ either. We will be moderating the site seven days a week. Posting of illegal or copyrighted material is not going to be tolerated from the start.”
Pinyon said he’s particularly excited about OgleMe’s video-chat feature. Registered users can chat one-on-one with from one to five other people. In addition, private, password-protected rooms are user-creatable.
“The video chat is another feature of OgleMe.com that I’ve personally wanted to have on the site since the times where we ran our CuSeeMe server,” Pinyon said.
OgleMe is based on Flash technology, Turner said.
“The video and audio are streamed via Badpuppy’s very own Flash communications server,” she revealed. “The user’s browser must support Flash in order to fully enjoy OgleMe.com.”
To promote the new website, Badpuppy is hosting a contest that will award one lucky winner up to $5,000. In order to qualify, users must upload 10 or more videos. The more videos an individual uploads, the more chances he or she has to win. Official rules and details are available at the website.
The contest runs from Oct. 16 through Jan. 31, 2009.
“I’m very excited about this venture,” Pinyon said. “It allows us to expand our reach and to offer another means to video production companies that have been cut off from other tube sites.”