Nerve (website)

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Type of site
Sex, relationships and culture
Available inEnglish
Created byRufus Griscom and Genevieve Field
EditorPeter Smith
Launched1997; 22 years ago (1997)

Nerve or was an American online magazine dedicated to sexual topics, relationships, and culture. Founded by Rufus Griscom and Genevieve Field, Nerve published articles and photography on its website, and several books, in partnership with Chronicle Books and Three Rivers Press. It also hosted blogs (one of the first sites to do so without fees),[1] forums, and a section for personal advertisements. Although they originated on Nerve, Nerve Personals eventually became part of a larger network of over 100 websites and print publications.[2]

In 1999, Nerve was nominated for the Webby Award for "Print and Zines" while under the editorship of Jack Murnighan.

In January 2014, Nerve was acquired by HowAboutWe, which was in turn purchased by InterActiveCorp (IAC) less than six months later. [3][4] After a long period without updates, the archives were taken offline on January 9, 2018, and the domain began redirecting to [5]


  1. ^ Blue, Violet (January 31, 2019). "How sex censorship killed the internet we love". Engadget. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  2. ^ Wortham, Jenna (December 14, 2011). " Introduces a Hip Dating Site — Again". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Roberts, Daniel (January 29, 2014). "HowAboutWe buys". Fortune. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Isaac, Mike (July 14, 2014). ""Digital Love, Consolidated: IAC Buys HowAboutWe Dating Site"". The New York Times. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Wayback Machine:". Retrieved February 19, 2018.