Bullshit, Dugg

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.

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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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28 thoughts on “Bullshit, Dugg

  1. “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” ;)

  2. 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).

  3. 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).

  4. 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.
    Apie

  5. 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?

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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. ;-)
    Cheers,
    Markus.

  10. 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.

  11. 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! :)

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