Technology.am (May 18, 2009) — A new website, Awkward Family Photos allowing readers to share embarrassing family images, has become an overnight success.
A few weeks ago the blog was set up but now it has already attracted more than two million visitors a day.
Mike Bender, who co-founded the website with fellow Los Angeles-based writer Doug Chernack, said that they hoped it would become a “communal celebration of awkwardness”, and was not intended to humiliate those pictured.
The first photos for this site were sent in by the founders’ friends, but the site is now being flooded with reader submissions. Mr Bender has even posted a photo of his own relatives.
Among the most popular images so far is a soft focus shot of a pregnant woman and her partner embracing as they gaze sweetly at the camera. Both are shirtless.
In another, titled “The Choker”, a smiling son grips his mother tightly around the neck while his father – wearing a dog collar and shorts – looks on.
But not every photo gets published. “We had one woman send in a photo of her during a water birth. She thought it was awkward. We were disturbed,” he said.
Mr Bender said that they had received approaches from Harper Collins, Penguin and Time Warner Books about releasing an Awkward Family Photos book after the site was featured on popular blogs including Gawker and Boing Boing.