Bomis (/ ˈ b ɒ m ɪ s / to rhyme with "promise") was a dot-com company best known for supporting the creations of free-content online-encyclopedia projects Nupedia and Wikipedia. It was co-founded in 1996 by Jimmy Wales , Tim Shell , and Michael Davis .
Dec 15, 2021 · Bomis was a dot-com company founded in 1996 by Jimmy Wales, Tim Shell, and Michael Davis. Its primary business was the sale of advertising on the Bomis.com search portal, and to provide support for the free encyclopedia projects Nupedia and Wikipedia. The name was an acronym of Bitter Old Men in Suits.
Wikipedia indicates that Bomis "seems to have disappeared from the Internet" in 2006. (That fact is not cited with any reference note, though.) The "Wayback Machine" from the Internet Archive project indicates that a functioning Bomis.com website was up and running as late as February 2010, but no later than that: http://wayback.archive.org/web/*/http://www.bomis.com.
Bomis was popular for hosting entertainment-, sports- and adult-themed sites. When Nupedia started, Larry Sanger was hired to be the editor-in-chief for the project. But Nupedia resulted too slow to grow and too expensive to maintain, and Wikipedia was started as a side project to help Nupedia grow. In the end, Wikipedia became more popular than Nupedia; it closed in 2003 and Wikipedia was transferred to the newly created Wikimedia Foundation in 2003.
Bomis Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Arthropoda Subphylum: Chelicerata Class: Arachnida Order: Araneae Infraorder: Araneomorphae Family: Thomisidae Genus: Bomis L. Koch, 1874 Type species B. larvata L. Koch, 1874 Species 5, see text Bomis is a genus of crab spiders that was first described by Ludwig Carl Christian Koch in 1874.
Bomis Premium, available for an additional fee, provided explicit material. "The Babe Engine" helped users find erotic content through a web search engine. The advertising director for Bomis noted that 99 percent of queries on the site were for nude women.Bomis created Nupedia as a free online encyclopedia (with content submitted by experts) but it had a tedious, slow review process.
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