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OwnerSpyros Pyrgiotis
Launched1 March 2009; 15 years ago (2009-03-01)
Current statusOffline

Thetextpage is an advertising website set up by Spyros Pyrgiotis. It claims to be the only website consisting of 100% text[1] and established Pay Per Character Advertising[2] by selling characters at $2 each, which provide a direct link to the advertiser's website. Set up in March 2009, the website was created to pay for Pyrgiotis' university fees of £17,000.[3] The site no longer appears to be active.


The pay-per-character advertising site, Thetextpage, was conceived by Pyrgiotis in order to raise £17,000 in course fees within six months.[4] The money was needed after a 2009 offer to attend Kingston University's MBA program made him "one of the youngest people ever to be offered a place on an MBA course in Britain" at age 23.[3]

The first media mention came a day before the website was launched, when the BBC reported his story of being one of the youngest accepted on Kingston's MBA course.[3] This helped the site gain over 20,000 hits in the first month.[5] The Independent,[2] followed by other media and Internet bloggers, also reported on the site and the story went international when Greek media, with news coverage on Alpha TV,[6] Skai TV,[7] and newspapers such as Eleftherotypia.[8]

A TV production company has been following Pyrgiotis since the launch of the website and is expected to complete a documentary about his experiences winter 2009. A teaser of the documentary was released on YouTube in June 2009.[9]

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  1. "MBA student makes 'Text' into cash | Younilife - The Student Website". Younilife. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Lightfoot, Liz (2009-06-04). "'I spotted a gap in advertising': How one student hatched a quirky internet venture to pay his fees - MBAs Guide, Postgraduate". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Adenekan, Shola (2009-04-03). "UK | Education | Ethics arrive in business schools". BBC News. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  4. "Online scrabble for the last word - graduate jobs UK and graduate recruitment". Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  5. "Would-be student raises £13,500 to attend Kingston University (From Surrey Comet)". 2009-09-15. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  6. "Alpha Tv". 2009-08-30. Archived from the original on September 3, 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  7. "Ευρηματικός Έλληνας φοιτητής στην Αγγλία (video) - ALPHA,ΣΚΑΪ | Άρθρα | NewsTime". Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  8. "Ο πολυμήχανος Σπύρος του Διαδικτύου | Eλλάδα | Ελευθεροτυπία". Retrieved 2010-05-13.
  9. "Dig News &raquo Who Needs To Advertise on the moon when You can do this From Earth » Free Legal Music Downloads or Streams - Register Free at Kerchoonz". 2009-07-25. Retrieved 2010-05-13.

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