Well, it only took 7 months, but my Web 2.0 Bullshit Generator™ toy from January got dugg (3300 times or so), and seemed to inspire much jocularity.
It’s been interesting, because the page has been one of the most-linked bits of the site for the last 6 months, almost exclusively amongst weblogs in Europe and Asia, for some reason. Then, a few days ago, (near as I can trace it), after I dropped it into a comments thread at Metafilter, it was picked up by milov.nl, then automatically showed up on Hot Links, then Daring Fireball (kablooie went the visits), then Reddit and Digg almost simultaneously.

Happily, the server shows absolutely no signs of melting down (er, so far). Like I said recently, Dreamhost has treated me well.
Share and enjoy.
Update: Whoops, now Techcrunch and de.licio.us and Blue’s News and Dvorak and O’Reilly Radar, too. Memetastic! Now it just needs posting on the front page of Metafilter, and the circle of life will be complete.
[Note: should not be posted to the front page of Metafilter]

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  1. Can you let us know how much traffic Techcrunch and Digg gave you and how many people get to your blog from your page? It would be interesting to know what the conversion is…

  2. Sure, Boris: once the dust settles I’ll do a followup…

  3. Dude, you be listed on Daring Fireball, you better be using a Mac 😉

  4. bullshitr rocks! you’ll be responsible for at least 300 startups *g*

  5. Thanks, f//f.
    And Andrew, I won’t tell if you won’t. I did use Helvetica Neue, though, so that’s got to count for something. Heh.

  6. “Now it just needs posting on the front page of Metafilter,”
    Sounds like a dare to me Stavros 😉
    Metafilter here we come
    Wonderchicken needs some fun
    hackers and mashers will fill up his queue
    Web 2.0 stinks like poo
    Ok I’ve run out of “inspiration” 😉

  7. You probably must add couple of more lines…into the Bullshitr page…
    9. If you fail please watch this movie DOT* and be happy.
    (*Note that the movie is a 500MB file and may take sometime to load..instead you can get it in
    3 parts here).

  8. I was this close to posting it on MeFi. Alas, I shall refrain, despite the fond memories of Dack’s web economy bullshit generator it evokes.

  9. Stav, friends of mine who were delighted by your fun toy pointed me to Doc Searls’ effort with 1992 HyperCard stack BuzzPhraser.

  10. http://m8y.org/tmp/bullshit.html
    A version that doesn’t miscalculate the indexes.

  11. Heh, thanks for that, nemo. But my story is that the errors are there because Bullshitr™ is in (perpetual) beta (and I’m sticking to it!)
    And thanks for the link, Gen. These things are old as the hills, I know — I made one in VB back in the boomboom days of ’99, I think, making fun of my company’s corporate-speak Mission Statement (never have so many been paid so much to draft a statement meaning so little) — which made the internal rounds via Web 0.5 (email).

  12. that’s the shit. sold to yahoo.

  13. 3031 diggs, Danm you are a Weblog God……….Andy Wibbles is shit compared to you and this blog

  14. Hi Wonderchicken.
    Your site made me heaps of cash on itsdex.com.
    I saw it was showing up on reddit, posted it to digg – what do you know – people just love bullshit dont they!
    Great little app. Made myself a logo aswell.

  15. If we get you on the front page of TechCrunch, will you and she who must be obeyed move to Silicon Valley?
    Will fame spoil you, STWC?

  16. Geodog, my friend, I’m far too pickled to be spoiled. But decant and drink a few ounces of that wonderchicken mummy-juice out of the clay vessel, and it’ll take your mind screaming blissfully through the liminal veil of existence.
    Which might not make a lot of money for your average Silicon Valley company, granted, but on the off chance that it might, I think there’s a business case to be made.

  17. Hi,
    Just thought I’d let you know that I found this site via Alexa:

  18. Glad to have played my small part in all this 🙂

  19. Interesting site

  20. I saw that linked from somewhere recently and thought: hey, isn’t that something stav did? and: Dvorak? ::shudder::

  21. Your hits went up because of Digg, not Daring Fireball. Speaking as one who has been ‘dugg’, I know this to be true. Also, check sites such as Alexa. DF doesn’t really rate at all.

  22. Well, no, Dmitri. I watched it with interest in realtime. The first surge in hits was from DF, for a day or so.
    Of course, once Digg kicked in, the surge increased in size by a couple of orders of magnitude, with secondary waves from the other big sites (including the Alexa Movers and Shakers thing and ars technica, but they happened quite a bit later).
    Or, what I said in the post. When I get around to it, I’ll do a post-mortem with numbers and stuff, because a few people have asked.

  23. Hey, great generator. I hope it will be usefull for us, too 🙂
    But nasty little bug. I suggest you change
    var max1 = 20;
    var max2 = 20;
    var max3 = 20;
    to 19 each (array index from 0..20), the well-known off-by-one error.

  24. I got a good laugh out of this, so I showed it and the logo generator to a friend – who I’m developing a web-site with – and he absolutely loved the logo. He actually wanted to use it for the site! Silly guy.

  25. I was about to suggest the same thing as Markus but thought the “undefined” error string that shows up sometimes actually fits in very well! 🙂

  26. I found this site wia ALEXA too 🙂 your Bullshit Generator make big sucess 🙂

  27. Thank you for contributing this great site!
    Added you to the link list of the Phrasengenerator.

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