Nexopia

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Nexopia
Nexopialogo.png
The logo of Nexopia
Type of business Joint venture, corporation
Type of site
Social networking, online forums
Available in English
Founded February 2003; 14 years ago (2003-02) Edmonton, Alberta
Headquarters Edmonton, Alberta
Toronto, Ontario
Area served Western Canada[1] Main (2003-2012)
Worldwide (2012-present)[2]
Owner Ideon Media
Founder(s) Timo Ewalds
CEO Kevin Bartus[3]
Key people Dave Stevens, Boris Wertz
Employees 10 As of 14 November 2008
Parent Ideon Media[2]
Slogan(s) Because your mom’s on Facebook[5]
Website Official website
Alexa rank Negative increase 302,023 (As of 2 June 2016)
Registration Required
Users 1.4 million users[7]
200,000 active As of 9 November 2012
Launched February 2003; 14 years ago (2003-02)[2]
Current status Active

Nexopia is a Canadian social networking website created in 2003 by Timo Ewalds. It was designed for age 14 and up, later lowered to 13.[9] Users are able to create and design profiles, a friends list, blogs, galleries, compose articles and forums. Interaction is accomplished through an internal personal messaging system, and public user comments on profiles, blogs or through threads and posts on the forums. In November 2012, Nexopia was acquired by digital ad network Ideon Media.[10]

History[edit]

Nexopia was founded in 2003 and became Canada's first online social network.[2] It evolved from the community site called Enternexus.com, another website built by Ewalds. The initial beta site was limited to 70 members and eventually led to Nexopia.com. When Enternexus.com relaunched as Nexopia.com, initial growth was said to be 100 users in four days, and 225,000 users within 22 months.[11][unreliable source?] For a brief period during that time, Nexopia.com maintained growth of 10% or 3500 average new members per day.[12][unreliable source?]

In October 2010 the site had just under 1.5 million users and nearly 35 billion hits. In January 2012, the site reported 1,636,990 users and 35,517,895,992 hits.

The website uses Interac Online, a service that allows account holders at participating banks to make payments through online banking.

The website was the target of hackers and was targeted by Distributed Denial of Service or DDoS attacks in its early days.[who?][when?][13]

Profile update[edit]

In 2016 Nexopia updated its user profile pages, the largest revision since the site's launch in 2003. The redesign included a streamlined layout, Ajax controls for messages, galleries and profile editing, new profile skinning options and image resizing.[14] The update caused controversy among users due to issues such as slow load times, disappearing profile pictures, undelivered private messages, forms not working correctly, and people upset because the site design was different. Nexopia staff polled users, finding that the majority disliked the new profile picture slider the most. Nexopia staff then provided the option to switch between the classic and new profile picture viewers.[15]

Forums[edit]

The forums are the main social aspect of the website. Nexopia 'Plus' subscribers can create their own forums, which can be open or available only to only invited members.[citation needed] In early 2016 the website changed to online forums.[16] The forum uses software from XenForo,[17] replacing WordPress.[18]

Members[edit]

Over 95% of users are Canadian, with over 1.4 million member accounts and over 200,000 active users and a hit count of over 33 billion.[citation needed]

No nudity, racism, violence or gore are allowed on forums or profiles, although photos of a small amount of marijuana and the use of pipes and bongs are allowed. Alcohol is also acceptable. All profile pictures are checked by photo moderators before appearing on a user page. Photos on a user's profile are not checked, but a "report abuse" button allows another user to report abuses. Nexopia prohibits copyright infringement.

In March 2007, four students from the Elk Island school district in Sherwood Park, Alberta were expelled from school and twenty were given suspensions in a case of cyberbullying.[19] Students used Nexopia to create teacher profiles in which classmates posted defamatory, silly, derogatory and libellous information on the teachers' pages.[19]

Criticism[edit]

Nexopia was criticized[20] by parent groups who blamed their children's problems on the website and tried to have it shut down. This forced the site to become more strict about user posts.

Nexopia became a target for online predators.[1][21][22] Since a user's profile can be completely open to the public, profile images and information are viewable. Users may post personal information such as their address, telephone number, family members, relationship status and school.

Online spam increased such as through "dummy" accounts that spam users, linking them to websites containing porn or malicious information.[citation needed] Users who do not follow the rules may get a simple ban from the website or have their account "frozen".[citation needed]

In March 2012, the website founder was found to be in violation of federal privacy laws, because it keeps personal information indefinitely.[23] As of November 2012, Nexopia was working with the Privacy Commissioner to ensure regulatory compliance.[10]

The site was used by the convicted serial killer, Cody Legebokoff, who met one victim, fifteen year old Loren Leslie, there.[24]

Membership[edit]

Users with free accounts have access to standard features such as forum posting, private messaging, user profiles with comments, photo uploading, a user blog and an image gallery. Monthly paid subscriptions are offered at $5 to fee gain access to extra features such as advanced user search, forum creation, increased media gallery capacity and online file storage, and the removal of ads.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Police track suspects using Nexopia website". Canada.com Postmedia Network Inc. Starphoenix (Saskatoon). 27 July 2007. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Canadian Social Networking Pioneer Nexopia Acquired by Digital Ad Network". Techvibes. Techvibes. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Powell, Chris (19 March 2014). "Ideon Bets Big On Moms With New Acquisitions". Marketing. Rogers Media Inc. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Anything goes on Nexopia". Edmonton Journal. Canada com. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 25 April 2016. It's late Tuesday night and two teenage boys are comparing bongs in Nexopia's drugs forum. 
  5. ^ Koul, Scaachi (14 August 2012). "Nexopia is an online utopia for teens". Rogers Media. Macleans. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  6. ^ "Nexopia.com Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved June 2, 2016. 
  7. ^ "About Nexopia". Nexopia. Nexopia. Archived from the original on 29 April 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Lewis, Rob (9 November 2012). "Canadian Social Networking Pioneer Nexopia Acquired by Digital Ad Network". Techvibes Business. Techvibes. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  9. ^ "Nexopia Terms of Use". Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b Lewis, Rob. "Canadian Social Networking Pioneer Nexopia Acquired by Digital Ad Network". Techvibes. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "How long did the '1000 members' milestone take you?". The Admin Zone Fourms. Nexopia Enthusiast. 12 December 2004. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "Most new members on one day". The Admin Zone Fourms. Nexopia Enthusiast. 29 January 2005. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "Sharing my little secret - Admin Zone Forums". Theadminzone.com. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  14. ^ "Nexopia Update". Techvibes.com. 2008-09-08. Retrieved 2016-04-25. 
  15. ^ Option to switch between picture viewers Archived February 2, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ "If you had an old account at the OLD OLD Nexopia, you can get that account back by resetting your password". Nexopia. Nexopia. 10 February 2016. Archived from the original on February 10, 2016. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  17. ^ "Current Forums of Nexopia". Nexopia. Nexopia. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  18. ^ "December 2015 Wayback machine". Web Archive. Nexopia. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2016. 
  19. ^ a b "Four students expelled for cyberbullying (2:40 p.m.)". edmontonjounal.com. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  20. ^ National. "Net holds dark hints on slayings: Pair accused in deaths of Alberta family posted messages on notorious websites". The Globe and Mail, April 26, 2006.
  21. ^ "Nexopia predator does get light sentence". Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Montreal man who used Net to lure girls gets parole". Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Nexopia social network found in breach of privacy law". CBC.ca. Retrieved January 25, 2013. 
  24. ^ Keller, James (2 June 2014). "Cody Legebokoff Trial Hears Victims' DNA Found On Suspect's Belongings". Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 June 2014.