The Gods of the Internet, the website founded by the late David Fincher, have been wrong on many issues.
Finchers original idea to create a site to collect fan fiction and other fan art was to be a hub for fan art and the like, with fan content that could be shared through social media.
It didn’t last long.
Fans have been asking for more fan art, and the site has been overwhelmed with requests.
So Finches successor, GodoftheFan, took over.
He started with a simple goal: to provide a site where fans could submit fan art for a fee.
The site’s first iteration, titled “GodoftheInternet,” offered a subscription-based service that was able to collect up to 500 fan art a month for $2.50 per month.
It also offered a limited number of freebies, including a special edition Godzilla poster.
The freebie was a Godzilla poster featuring an image of the “Gods of the internet” — which included a link to the site’s main page.
But that was only the beginning.
A few months later, Fincheres site was overrun with requests for more, and as more fans flocked to the website to submit fan artwork, it got even more popular.
By the end of September 2016, the site had more than 12 million monthly unique visitors and was drawing more than 20 million monthly page views, according to a May 2017 post on Godof the Fan.
The number of monthly pageviews has been climbing ever since.
Faced with the growing demand, FINCHEres website was shut down.
Its servers were then taken offline and its servers were used to host the new Finchess website, which was launched in October 2017.
“We knew that we were at a crossroads,” Finchens former COO, Chris McBride, told CNN Money.
We took our eye off the ball.” “
I think we made the wrong call in not building a site for a lot of reasons, and it was a decision that I regret to this day.
We took our eye off the ball.”
It was a bad decision, but one that cost Finchereres site money.
FINChereres first revenue came from hosting Finchet’s fansite.
F Incheyres site had a lot going for it.
F incheres main purpose was to collect and share fan art.
He said it was like a place where fans would post their own fan art to earn money.
But Fincheyres had problems.
Fans were not happy.
FIncheres fansite was only accessible to Fincheon’s followers.
He also faced a growing user base.
He didn’t have a solid social media strategy, so many fans were not sharing the site with other people.
And Finchesthat fans would upload fan art that they made themselves, making it very difficult for the site to stay up.
F INCHEres fans site eventually shut down in December of 2018, but the site and Finchenres social media presence are still there, albeit under different names.
The Finchat site is still up, but its page views are nowhere near what they were when Fincheres fansite went offline.
Foccheyres social efforts, which were still alive when the site went offline, still seem to be going strong.
The following is an excerpt from an article by Jeff Moss, which explains Finchells success and failure.
“David was a very hard-working, driven guy,” said McBride.
“He had a very solid team around him that was very dedicated and very dedicated to the vision and goals of what he was doing.
He really believed in his product.
He was a visionary, and he knew what he wanted to do.
He did a lot for his fans and for his company, but he also understood the value of doing it in a fun, creative way.
He wanted his fans to feel good about what they saw and felt.
So we have a lot in common.”
“The company has not been profitable for quite some time,” said Fincheires former CFO, Mark Johnson.
Fincheyes first attempt at profit came from a subscription service that launched in January of 2020.
Fercheres website had a small number of paying customers that could access a portion of the site for free.
The subscription service eventually grew to be around 15,000 subscribers and was able with this revenue to pay Finchim salary.
“It was a big gamble on our part because the company was in a bad spot, but I think we came out pretty well,” Focchereres former CEO, Tom Szczepanski, said.
The subscription service was a huge success.
Fancheres first day of profit came in October 2020, and F