The Big Word Project was created by myself and Lee Munroe in an effort to explore what different words mean to different people. The project allows you to purchase a word from our list for $1 per letter to represent your site. Your site will then represent this word in our list and when people click on it, they will be taken to your site. The project is aimed at changing definitions and creating a new tapestry of words, meaning altogether different things.
For example, you may buy the word ‘Donkey’ for $6 and it will link to your site dedicated to donkeys. The word ‘Donkey’ will then be the gateway to your site and the definition will be changed. No longer will the word Donkey mean ‘a woodworking apparatus consisting of a clamping frame and saw, used for cutting marquetry veneers’, instead it will now be represented visually by ‘Chris’s Donkey Site’.
The site was set up partly to promote ourselves in the web industry, furthering our knowledge of viral marketing and web applications and to pay off our student loans. And it did, as we have sold over 6,400 words to date!
More details on the journey of The Big Word Project can be found on TBWP blog but its been blogged about thousands of times, including on Daring fireball [twice!] featured in WIRED magazine, Web Designer Magazine and countless newspapers such as the Daily Mirror, Irish Times, Irish News since its launch earlier this year. Myself and Lee have been interviewed on various radio stations including the BBC Worldservice. RTE, Channel 4 and BBC Newsline also interviewed us on the success of the project.