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9GAG
9GAG new logo.svg
Type of business Private
Type of site
Entertainment
Available in English
Founded July 1, 2008; 10 years ago (2008-07-01)
Headquarters Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong[1]
Mountain View, California, United States [2]
Country of origin Hong Kong
Area served Worldwide
Founder(s)
  • Ray Chan
  • Chris Chan
  • Derek Chan
  • Marco Fung
  • Brian Yu
Key people Ray Chan (CEO)
Website 9gag.com
Alexa rank Decrease 242 (November 2017)[3]
Advertising Banner ads
Registration Optional (required to submit, comment, vote or view NSFW content)
Current status Active

9GAG is a Hong Kong-based[4] online platform and social media website,[5] which allows its users to upload and share "user-generated content" or other content from external social media websites. Since the platform for collections of Internet memes was launched on July 1, 2008,[6] it has grown in popularity across the social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.a

In November 2017 it had 223.35 million visitors: 11.03% from Germany, 5.55% from the United States, 4.40% from France, 4.19% from Brazil and 3.99% from United Kingdom.[7]

History

The website was co-founded in 2009–2010 by a group of 5 Hong Kong people: University of Hong Kong student Ray Chan, his brother Chris Chan, Derek Chan, Marco Fung and Brian Yu, with the intention of creating an alternative online platform to email on which users could easily share humorous photos or videos. In a 2012 interview, its CEO Ray Chan declined to explain where the name "9GAG" is derived from.[8]

Starting the company under a "Just for Fun" mentality, 9GAG's co-founders began using 9GAG as a résumé-builder for the 500 Startups accelerator program. During the summer program, the 9GAG team worked on other startup ideas, including StartupQuote and Songboard. [9] Following the 500 Startups accelerator program, 9GAG participated in Y Combinator's incubator and its user-base increased to 70 million global unique visitors per month.[10] The 9GAG co-founding team discontinued all other projects and shifted their focus exclusively on 9GAG. 500 Startups was given equity for their aid and mentorship.

In July 2012, 9GAG raised an additional US$2.8 million in funding from Silicon Valley-based venture capital,[11] including True Ventures and Greycroft Partners. In August 2012, 9GAG received another US$2.8 million in funding from Silicon Valley venture capitalists, including True Ventures and Greycroft Partners, as well as individual investors like Christopher Sacca, Kevin Rose, and Naval Ravikant. This funding was able to support 9GAG's engineering team growth both in Hong Kong and in Silicon Valley.[12] 9GAG is headquartered in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong with offices in Mountain View, California.[13][14]

Mobile app development

9GAG has a mobile application on iOS, Android, Windows Phone 8, and BlackBerry 10.[15][16]

In July 2012, 9GAG launched an app for iOS and Android. The mobile application serves as a streamlined version of the web-based content.[17] In summer 2014 9GAG launched 9CHAT. 9GAG users are able to log into their account and write to others by sending them a message. 9CHAT also added support for the creation of groups in different sections.[18] January 2015, 9GAG launched its first game called 9GAG Redhead redemption.

Authorship

9GAG users and admins may also re-post content (usually without any consent from its respective authors) from other websites (e.g. 4chan, Newgrounds, Reddit, SomethingAwful, FunnyJunk, YTMND, Instagram, etc.), replacing the source site's watermark with their own. In 2011, 9GAG and 4chan disputed authorship of internet memes published on both websites, whereby each company claimed the memes originated from their own website. As stated by 9GAG co-founder Ray Chan, "9GAG does not create memes or rage comics, but helps spread them." [19][better source needed][20][better source needed] In a 2015 Slate article, writer Amanda Hess described 9GAG's reposting of content from Instagram as part of an "online ecosystem of joke stealing".[21]

See also

Note

^a As of November 2017, it reached more than 38.3 million Facebook likes [22] 13.9 million Twitter followers[23] and 42.6 million followers on Instagram[24]

References

  1. ^ "9GAG Expands Operations with Opening of US Office, Names Russell Schneider as Head of Partnerships and Business Development". www.prnewswire.com.
  2. ^ "9GAG, Inc. Company Information". Bloomberg L.P.
  3. ^ "9gag.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  4. ^ "9GAG CEO Ray Chan: 'Building a healthy community is a never-ending battle' – TechCrunch". techcrunch.com.
  5. ^ "9GAG | crunchbase". www.crunchbase.com.
  6. ^ "9GAG.com WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS. 2016. Retrieved 2016-02-25.
  7. ^ "9Gag.com Traffic Statistics". SimilarWeb. SimilarWeb. Retrieved 2017-11-22.
  8. ^ Fiona Ren (24 July 2012). "How Ray Chan started 9GAG, and a career in fun". Meld Magazine. Meld Magazine. Retrieved 15 September 2014.
  9. ^ Mott, Nathaniel (2012-08-21). "9GAG, the Biggest Little Startup at Y Combinator's Demo Day | PandoDaily". Pando.com. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
  10. ^ "Jokes aside, 9GAG's co-founder Ray Chan shares about the serious side of their latest US$2.8M round". E27.co. 2012-08-08. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
  11. ^ "Project [email protected] | South China Morning Post". Scmp.com. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
  12. ^ "Meet 9GAG, the Community Comedy Site That's Growing Like Crazy - Liz Gannes - Social". AllThingsD. 2012-04-12. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
  13. ^ "9gag office".
  14. ^ "9GAG, Inc.: Private Company Information - Bloomberg". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 2017-11-11.
  15. ^ "Behind 9gag. Its business modelFix Need". Fixneed.com. Archived from the original on 2014-07-05. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
  16. ^ http://9gag.tv/
  17. ^ "Humor Website 9GAG Ups the Ante for Fun, Launches New Mobile App and Receives $2.8 Million in Seed Funding". Marketwired.com. 2012-07-30. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
  18. ^ http://9chatapp.com/
  19. ^ Seitz, Dan (September 12, 2012). "Redditor Details 9Gag's Theft Process". UPROXX. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  20. ^ Eördögh, Fruzsina (June 4, 2012). "Internet pounces on 9GAG after joke theft". Daily Dot. Daily Dot. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  21. ^ Hess, Amanda (26 August 2015). "Laugh Factory". Slate. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  22. ^ "9GAG". 9GAG on Facebook. Facebook. November 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  23. ^ "9GAG". 9GAG on Twitter. Twitter. November 2017. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  24. ^ https://www.instagram.com/9gag/

External links

  • Official website
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