Type of site
|photoblog and entertainment website|
|Owner||Resignation Media LLC|
|Created by||Leo Resig and John Resig|
|Alexa rank||3,446 (As of 20 May 2019[update])|
The Chive (styled theCHIVE) is a website owned and operated by Resignation, LLC. Images appearing on thechive.com are selected by staff from searches of both international and domestic websites as well as daily submissions.
John and Leo Resig founded Resignation Media, LLC in August 2007 and then launched thechive.com in November, 2008. The Chive name was created from combining the two cities in which the brothers lived: Leo was in Chicago (CHI) and John was in Venice Beach (VE). The brothers went on to create additional photo-entertainment websites, all of which are staffed and managed by members of the Resig family. On Monday, July 22, 2013 the Austin American-Statesman reported that during the summer of 2013 the parent company of The Chive, Resignation Media, was relocating to a renovated space in downtown Austin, Texas.
Between 2007 and 2010, Leo and John Resig conducted a string of internet hoaxes that, according to Leo, were designed "to entertain and inspire, not to inform."
Donald Trump Tips
In 2007, the "Donald Trump tip" hoax involved a doctored photo of a Santa Monica restaurant receipt that was supposedly signed by Donald Trump indicating that a $10,000 tip was left on a bill of $82.27. Trump denied the story's accuracy to Fox News Channel, which had originally published the story as real. Other media agencies also ran the story, including The Huffington Post, E! News, and Access Hollywood.
Teenage texting disaster
The "teenage texting disaster" hoax occurred in 2008 and involved a fictitious teenager who had accidentally sent a text message to her father stating that she had lost her virginity on the beach. This became an Internet meme and was broadcast as a true story by several media outlets.
Jenny quits on dry erase board
Arguably the most famous hoax was in 2010, with "Girl quits her job on dry erase board, emails entire office", which showed several photographs of a woman quitting her job by telling a story with a dry-erase whiteboard. This hoax was also reported as true.
The next day, thechive.com ran a follow-up series of photos revealing the woman's true identity as a hired actress named Elyse Porterfield. Some news sources suggested the hoax was inspired by the dramatic resignation of JetBlue flight-attendant Steven Slater that took place the day before. However, the Resig brothers told reporters that the idea for the hoax was conceived about a month earlier at a bar in Santa Monica. The pair wrote down the details on paper napkins. The casting for "Jenny" and her photo shoot was conducted a week prior to the JetBlue incident.
The Chive also runs a charity organization called Chive Charities, in which they raise awareness and funds for specific individuals in need of assistance. Every t-shirt purchased from the Chivery store donates $1 to Chive Charities. As of May 2019, they have donated over $1,800,000. They have donated to veterans, children with birth defects, shooting victims, fire departments, rescue squads, and many others in need.
The community of people who regularly visit The Chive, known as Chivers, have donated over $100,000 to several causes within hours.
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