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Grumble mag Penthouse is buying a bunch of social networking sites which put the stress on the social rather than the networking. Penthouse Media Group is paying $500m for Various Inc which runs 25 networking sites with 260m members, 1.2m of them paying subscriptions. Best known amongst of these is AdultFriendFinder, with 18m …


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  1. Colin Millar
    Paris Hilton

    I don't have a comment

    but i thought I should add the paris icon here

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    spelling police

    Pron? Or has Penthouse descended into the seafood fetish business?

  3. Nick


    ...skates past filters that block "porn."

  4. George

    Anonymous coward @ 17:20...

    ...has officially lost his Internets License.

  5. Morely Dotes

    Let's not forget the spamming industry

    Ferguson vs. AdultFriendFinder established beyond a legal doubt that AFF was founded and flourished on spam.

    A former employee of AFF and Andrew Conru, founder of AFF, has published a good-sized exposé of their practices at

    So now Penthouse has officially purchased a business based on spam.

  6. Chad H.
    Dead Vulture

    I take it you've never had a myspace account then...

    Those accounts are always recieving friend requests for girls and their XXX webcams...

  7. Rick Brasche


    you're trying to tell me all those hawt chix don't really want to get to "know" me?

    I'm crushed:P

    What about all those girls from nearby parts of the city? They want me so bad they follow me from city to city, so whenever I log into a site that's hosting their ads, I see those same poor lonely girls are nearby me again! Poor things!

  8. Daniel
    Jobs Horns

    AdultFriendFinder ...

    ... is the swinging / find a f***buddy part of the biz. FriendFinder is the "I just want to trade stamps/cuddle" part.

    Not that I'd know. I don't go to them sort of places.

  9. Jamie Davis

    Domain name?

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton


    Will they resurrect the AdultSheepFinder site that briefly promised so much joy to us Aberdonians? (OK, it was mostly directed at New Zealand, but that is too far away, what with Wales being closer if I should travel at all)

    Paris icon added since I am sure she would find sheep good intellectual company...

  11. Chris


    The only thing I ever found on AFF was a load of people who wanted to charge me to watch webcam shows. Or access their website. Or enlarge my penis.

    You find more action on craigslist. It's still not the hot horny nymphos these companies would like you to believe exist - It's the "massage" parlors and escort services of the world.

    Everyone knows the real nymphos are out in the clubs looking for men who aren't wankers like myself.

    (Should have posted anonymously - But it's ok because *I* never used any of these services personally. It was a friend. Or a friend of a friend. Or something.)

  12. Sceptical Bastard

    Welsh sensibilities

    "...potential partners interested in friendship, dating, serious relationship or marriage"

    Or shagging as it's commonly known.

    As to AdultSheepFinder, FFS don't upset the bloody Welsh - the last time a commentard cracked that joke, sensitive Taffs wrote in for days after.

  13. Mr Larrington
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    @Jamie Davis

    Please send new keyboard!

  14. Markie Dussard

    @Sceptical Bastard

    "FFS don't upset the bloody Welsh ..."

    There's two ways to deal with bullying: appease them or stand up to them. Personally I refuse to appease the joyless, life-denying whiners. They are not a "race" and their principality is not a country. They lost to the Normans a millennium ago. It's time they got over it like the rest of us, stopped crying and took it like men. Or sheep-shaggers.

  15. Anonymous Coward

    @ Sceptical Bastard

    " AdultFriendFinder...which lets surfers search for potential partners interested in friendship, dating, serious relationship or marriage"

    Totally agree...I never found anyone on AFF looking for anything other than a sh*g...or in most cases just wanting me to get my jugs/lady bits out on webcam...I wouldn't have minded if they ACTUALLY wanted to get laid...

    Mind you, the aforementioned comment applies to most of the 'mainstream' dating sites as well...

    Pirate icon due to the 'prepare for boarding' caption

  16. Law
    Paris Hilton

    @ Anonymous Coward (pirate version)

    "...or in most cases just wanting me to get my jugs/lady bits out on webcam...I wouldn't have minded if they ACTUALLY wanted to get laid..."

    I had to read that several times before I settled on the fact you were a lady... well, judging by the get laid comment maybe not a lady, but a woman all the same! ;)

    Why do I assume all Anonymous Cowards are men.... maybe the years of torture by the wife about how evil and decieving men can be are finally starting to brainwash me.

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    @ Law

    I'm not normally an Anonymous Coward...but given the topic I thought on this occasion I would hide...after all, the internet 'tis a marvellous place for tracking people down...and I was stupid enough to sign up on El Reg using my real name...take that as proof of female intelligence ;)

    And you're right...I'm not often accused of being a lady...but women have SOOOO much more fun ;)

  18. Dimitrov


    I don't see how this enterprise could succeed. We all know this is the Internet, where men are men, women are men and children are the FBI.

  19. Charlie
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    Full marks for the excellent euphemism "grumble mag"

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton


    Talking of sheep-shagging a limey was caught in Leeds recently by a bus load of people passing by a field, It was in an article in the Yorkshire post. This will interest Markie Dussard 'aka the english sheep shagging coward' who has quite an inferiority complex with himself. Personally I refuse to appease the joyless, life-denying whiners like him.

  21. Markie Dussard

    @ Coward

    Heh heh. Only a puritanical descendant of our transported convicts could believe that the mere accusation of sheep-shagging would act as an insult to anyone with an adult and sophisticated sexual appetite.

    No ear for the musicality of language either.

    Love and kisses,

    The Marquis

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