In a press release posted on May 19, 2010, One Model Place announced the acquisition of iStudio.com. There’s a lot of speculation about this deal and rumors and conspiracy theories are abound. I have to admit it makes no sense whatsoever. If I stretch my imagination, I can almost make sense of the acquisition but the appointment of David Mondrus as CEO makes no sense at all unless he brings something unannounced to the table.
Here’s some stats for those who like tables.
|From Alexa||One Model Place||iStudio|
|U.S. traffic rank||3,425||28,848|
|Sites linking in||1,102||121|
|% of U.S. traffic||78.7%||53.1%|
It’s pretty well known among the internet modeling community that iStudio is padded with lots of bogus profiles. Here’s just one example. Fake profiles are nothing new on internet sites but iStudio’s constant spamming of other sites using fake profiles has lead many to believe the site itself is behind many of these tactics.
So what’s your theory about this odd marriage? Let the conspiracy theories commence.