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Webshots is a free online photo sharing site, and is the largest and most popular photo sharing community. Photo sharing is a term given to a crop of mid-2000s websites which provide means to publish a collection of digital photos online in a centralized and organized fashion. ...

It started as a professional photo screensaver/wallpaper site, but expanded into photo sharing in 1999. Photos taken from users' digital cameras can be organized into dozens of different categories to narrow down specific searches and content. In early 2006, there were more than 268,500,000 photos on the site. A digital system is one that uses numbers, especially binary numbers, for input, processing, transmission, storage, or display, rather than a continuous spectrum of values (an analog system) or non-numeric symbols such as letters or icons. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

All members get a free homepage where they can share photos publicly with friends, family and anyone who comes across it. There's an automatic notification feature that tells you when your favorite members have added new photos. Members also have the option to share their photos privately.

Webshots is a large photo sharing community, and many of its active uploaders are either teenagers or young adults, typically of college age. Sexually suggestive photos have gradually increased in number and visibility on the site, appearing repeatedly in the "Most Popular" section. This has earned the site the nickname, "WebHots". A separate article is about the punk band called The Adolescents. ...

Webshots has also made inadvertent celebrities out of certain individuals, particularly Amanda Wenk who became a minor Internet phenomenon in 2005 due to the popularity of her sexually suggestive photo galleries. Visits to her pages would often be in excess of 30,000 per day.

The site is also criticized by a number of people who believe that young adults take advantage of the widespread popularity of Webshots to publish potentially reputation-damaging photos of their college or high school acquantances on a worldwide scale.

Webshots is owned by CNET Networks. CNET Networks Inc. ...


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External links

  • Webshots home page

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nPost.com Interview with Narendra Rocherolle, CEO of Webshots (1929 words)
Webshots was founded in 1995 as a screensaver company with the intent to sell a floppy disk of skiing and white water screen savers in retail stores.
A few of the founders decided that Webshots was something too valuable to let be a casualty of Excite@Home's demise and we decided to purchase the assets from the Bankruptcy Court at a healthy discount and started a new company in January of 2002.
Webshots is rather difficult to pinpoint, because we bridge the world of user generated content and photo storage to professional quality images.
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