Boy Genius Report

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Boy Genius Report (BGR)
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Type of site
Technology news
Available in English
Owner Penske Media Corporation
Created by Jonathan S. Geller
Website bgr.com
Alexa rank Increase 1,891 (April 2015)[1]
Commercial Yes
Launched October 20, 2006; 10 years ago (2006-10-20)
Current status Online

Boy Genius Report (also referred to as BGR) is a technology-influenced website that covers topics ranging from consumer gadgets, to entertainment, gaming, and science. Founded in October 2006 by anonymous web personality Boy Genius (also referred to as BG/BGR), the site was previously based on offering the public an early look at upcoming mobile phones and devices before anyone else. On April 27, 2010, BGR was acquired by Penske Media Corporation.[2]

Reception[edit]

BGR has been mentioned in many major news sources such as the Wall Street Journal blog,[3] ABCNews,[4] Reuters,[5] Huffington Post,[6] and CNBC.[7] Examples of BGR’s ability to be the first to report news about a gadget include the first pictures of the Android 2.0 mobile operating system in 2009[8] and the first reported picture of the Amazon Kindle 2 in 2008.[9]

BGR currently reaches over 12 million uniques visitors a month, making it one of the biggest technology news sites in the world.

Criticism[edit]

One anonymous technology commentator has claimed that BGR has a pro-Apple bias.[10]

Boy Genius[edit]

While running BGR, Boy Genius kept his identity concealed. On April 27, 2010, Boy Genius revealed himself as Jonathan Geller, a 23-year-old Greenwich High School dropout who never attended college.[11][12] Geller chose to remain anonymous at first due to the marketing opportunities that being anonymous afforded him and his site; however when BGR joined Penske Media Corporation Geller decided it was best for both he and his site that he reveal himself as the site's founder and Editor in Chief. [13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BGR Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  2. ^ Jonathan S. Geller (2010-04-26). "Taking BGR to the next level — MMC acquires BGR | BGR". Boygeniusreport.com. Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  3. ^ "Verizon Droid Ad Aims for iPhone - Digits - WSJ". Blogs.wsj.com. 2009-10-19. Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  4. ^ Mae, Ki (2009-10-21). "Verizon's Mystery Droid Takes Aim at Apple's iPhone - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  5. ^ Carew, Sinead (2009-10-19). "Motorola rises ahead of next Android phone launch". Reuters.com. Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  6. ^ "Black Friday: Apple's Sales Leaked?". Huffingtonpost.com. 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  7. ^ Jim Goldman (2009-06-15). "Apple iPhone 3GS Sold Out? Nope!". Cnbc.com. Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  8. ^ Jonathan S. Geller (2009-10-16). "Android 2.0 screenshot walkthrough | BGR". Boygeniusreport.com. Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  9. ^ Jonathan S. Geller (2008-10-03). "Amazon Kindle 2 e-books its way to BGR | BGR". Boygeniusreport.com. Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  10. ^ Ashraf (2013-04-05). "Is this Apple fanboyism to the extreme or an honest mistake by a popular tech blog?". dotTech Daily Newsletter. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  11. ^ Kafka, Peter (2010-04-26). "Mobile Blogger "Boy Genius" Unmasked, Acquired". allthingsd.com. Retrieved 2015-04-15. 
  12. ^ Benkovic, Andrew (April 1, 2014). "Jonathan Geller: The 'Boy Genius' Behind BGR.com". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 26, 2015. 
  13. ^ http://www.adweek.com/fishbowlny/boy-genius-reports-jonathan-geller-on-the-benefits-on-anonymity/219723

External links[edit]

Official website