The idea is simple: to try and make Z$1m (US$33) by selling 1,000,000 pixels for Z$1 each. Hence, 'The Million Zimbabwean Dollar Homepage". The main motivation for doing this is to pay for my degree studies in Zimbabwe.
So, everyone is welcome to buy my pixels, which are available in 9 100-pixel 'blocks' (each measuring 10x10 pixels). You will see the homepage is divided into 10,000 of these 100-pixel blocks (hence there are 1,000,000 pixels in total). The reason for selling them in 100-pixel blocks is because anything smaller would be too small to display anything meaningful. However, I am selling them in groups of nine so that no purchase is less than US$0.03
When you buy some pixels, you can then display an image/ad/logo of your choice in the space you have purchased. You can also have the image click through to your own website. However, no obscene or offensive images are allowed.
The pixels you buy will be displayed on the homepage permanently. The homepage will not change. Using some of the money I make from the site, I guarantee to keep it online for at least 5 years, but hopefully much longer. I want it to become a kind of internet time capsule. So, in the long run, I believe the pixels will offer good value. You will have a piece of internet history!
Yes this is a parody of the very successful Million Dollar Homepage, but it is not a joke! I am really selling pixels in the same manner, but at a much discounted price - only US$0.000033 per pixel!
I think the currency of Zimbabwe is a joke - but the suffering of the Zimbabwean people absolutely is not. If anything, I hope that this site helps to raise awareness and show how ridiculous and irresponsible the government of Zimbabwe is acting.
Because you will have an image and a link to your site on the homepage of a site that could potentially be seen by millions of people over the coming years. The site will be online for at least 5 years, that's guaranteed, but the idea is to keep it online forever. So you really could own a piece of 'internet history'!
I decided that although it would probably be cool if individuals could buy a single pixel each, in practise, it wouldn't so effective. The reason I believe this is because you can't display anything meaningful in one pixel - nor click it easily - so visually, it would be pointless. With thousands of random tiny coloured dots all over the place, the homepage would look gastly.
I also thought that the site would appeal more to people with businesses/websites to advertise than it would to individuals, or to put it more accurately, businesses would pay more to have a meaningful graphic on the homepage. Hence the minimum purchase is US$0.03 - a 30x30 block.
However! If you really want to own a single pixel, there is always the option of clubbing together with your friends/family/colleauges and buying a 30x30 block. You could gather 900 friends together and each pitch in Z$1 (US$0.000033) and then divvy up the pixels.
The site will be online for 5 years guaranteed (at least until 11th February 2013), however the aim is to keep the site online forever (or at least as long as Zimbabwe remains a country).
The idea is to create something of an internet time capsule: a homepage that is unique and permanent. Everything on the internet keeps changing so fast, it will be nice to have something that stays solid and permanent for many years. You can be a part of that! Yay!
I think Zimbabean dollars are the closest thing we have to a universal currency on the internet, so it made more sense to do it in Zimbabean dollars. 'The Million Dollar Homepage' just doesn't have the same ring to it!
Also, if I did it in US dollars, it would be way too expensive - US$1 per pixel! Who would pay that??!