Anyone remember IsAnyoneUp.com? The site had a short run, but it caused quite a stir during the time it was active. If you don’t recall — or you never had the pleasure / misfortune of visiting the site (or appearing on it) — IsAnyoneUp.com featured nude photos of amateurs. Before you point out that this is the same premise as 95 percent of the sites on our beloved World Wide Web, please note that IAU took things to a whole new level by also featuring links to the social media profiles (specifically, Facebook pages) of the nude amateurs it featured.
And it did all of this without anyone’s permission.
Essentially, IAU was a place where you could exact revenge on your ex, or just a one-night-stand, by submitting the nude pics he or she sent you — plus a link to his or her Facebook profile and any other identifying details you wished to include. The site’s cultish following (some of whom were voluntarily tattooed with the site’s bizarre catchphrase, “no butthole, no care“) would then have the chance to not only see your ex’s most intimate bits, but also message him or her on Facebook. And message his or her friends and family and co-workers, also found via Facebook.
And message people they most certainly did.
They also posted some of the nastiest comments ever seen on the Internet — no small feat.
At the site’s peak, nearly a quarter of a million people visited IAU every day. It’s not an exaggeration to say that appearing on the site could ruin your life.
The site’s creator, Hunter Moore, took a bit too much pride in being such a piece of excrement and started to put himself front and center on the site. He hosted parties at clubs across the country and even went on television to pathetically attempt to defend the vicious practices of IAU:
Then, it all came crashing down. One day IAU was operational, the next the domain was redirected to an anti-bullying site. There were rumors that Moore crumbled when faced with the possibility of being taken to court (over and over again) for the images and personal details he’d posted on IAU — especially since it turned out that many of the site’s victims were underage.
With IAU gone, the Internet went several months without a place to not only see sexting photos that were never intended to go public, but also the names, addresses and employers of those who took the photos. A few imitators popped up, but nothing caught on. Moore kept being a douchebag on Twitter, but he maintained a relatively low profile.
Those several months are now over. Moore is back and still aiming to ruin lives. He just launched HunterMoore.TV (we’re not going to give that site a link) and posted a statement in which he reveals that the basic idea of the site is going to be exactly the same as IAU:
My name is Hunter Moore and I created Is Anyone Up.com when I was 24 years old. I was broke and sitting on my parents couch in Sacramento, California with -$124 in my bank account. It was for me and my friends to post pictures of girls we were fucking at the time & somehow someone found it and it became what it was. I sold it because i hated what the media turned it into and it could never be what i wanted it to be and always wanted to troll the lame and boring fad that soccer moms love and thats “bullying”. We had too many hackers too much overhead and way too many legal problems. This time I am doing it right. We are going to start off by launching with all the old IAU content and all new content. The submission page has only been up for five full days and we’ve done over 7,000 submission within that time. I am creating something that will question if you will ever want to have kids. I am making something very scary but yet fun. If you remember the old IAU you will have it back but with a mobile APP to go along with it and a very strong social networking site of our community. I hope you are all as excited as i am.
We’ll see how long this new site lasts, but it’s probably safe to say that a few lives will be irreparably harmed even if it’s only online for a week.