Ashley Qualls: Teenage Millionaire

November 5, 2007 at 11:13 pm | Posted in money | Leave a comment
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Thanks to Raina for bringing this story to my attention.

Ashley Qualls is a 17 year old who has built a fortune by giving away free myspace page backgrounds. Her income initially came from Google Adsense advertising placed on her pages. She is now diversifying into a magazine as well as other online content.

2007qualls1.jpgShe has hired her mother as an employee. She has turned down a $1.5 million offer for her website. Here site is rumored to receive more traffic than oprah.com.
Her website can be found at whateverlife.com. Ashley’s business is an excellent example of taking something that she loves and building her work around that idea.

Read on for a video piece on Ashley as well as links to some writeups about her success. Continue Reading Ashley Qualls: Teenage Millionaire…

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Teen detained over presidential threat

October 14, 2006 at 8:46 am | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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A year ago, Julia Wilson drew a picture of President Bush, scrawled the words “kill bush” across the top and posted it on her myspace page. Upon learning from her teacher that this threat could be considered a threat she tookk the page down.

This week two Secret Service agents removed Wilson from her classroom and questioned her about the image and alleged threat.

Read more here.

MySpace opens online music store

September 5, 2006 at 11:42 am | Posted in tech | 1 Comment
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MySpace has partnered with SnoCap ( started by Napster founder Shawn Fanning) to drive music sales to its 70 million members.  The emphasis is on music created by independent musicians.  Artists will be able to set their own price per track with a cut going to MySpace.  Myspace members will be able to post tracks on their site to sell to visitors. 

I wonder if Myspace members will get a cut of the music sold through their own pages? 

Read the official word at http://news.yahoo.com/s/macworld/20060904/tc_macworld/myspace20060904

“If it’s on the Internet it’s fair game”

August 25, 2006 at 5:05 pm | Posted in tech | Leave a comment
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Listen to this NPR report about potential employers actively seeking out info about job applicants on myspace and facebook.

As the consultant says, “If it’s on the Internet it’s fair game”.  Meaning that they can look up information about YOU that they are not legally allowed to ask in a job interview.

Interview here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5695383


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