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The best fake websites on Law & Order. TV's best fake websites.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants (34 comments total) 22 users marked this as a favorite

 
This is painful to watch, especially the naïve exposition for the (presumably) computer illiterate audience. Hilarious, but painful.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 7:48 PM on April 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


FaceUnion! I knew as soon as I saw the title, "they gotta have the fake SVU Facebook... what was it, FacePlace?". That's the one where the Asian computer tech is like "the rapist just logged on to FaceUnion from a cafe on 120th street!", because that can totally happen in real life. And "Another Universe", which pretty much nailed the user base of the real Second Life.
posted by DecemberBoy at 7:48 PM on April 18, 2013


watching the law&order one kind of makes me nauseated.
posted by FirstMateKate at 7:50 PM on April 18, 2013


also, the law&order one is mostly SVU, so it's like NSFW some (most) times.
posted by FirstMateKate at 7:50 PM on April 18, 2013


Oh. I thought this was going to be Law and Order.
posted by mazola at 7:51 PM on April 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


What was the fake Grand Theft Auto game called in that one episode? You know, the one where Stabler's talking to his kid and learns about the latest Dangerous Teen Trend, and mutters something about kids these days to Benson? That should narrow it down. (I love SVU!)
posted by usonian at 8:02 PM on April 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


FaceUnion! I knew as soon as I saw the title, "they gotta have the fake SVU Facebook... what was it, FacePlace?". That's the one where the Asian computer tech is like "the rapist just logged on to FaceUnion from a cafe on 120th street!", because that can totally happen in real life.

Isn't that how they caught the YouTube murderer IRL? Most people's posts are automatically tagged with their location and you can easily used Facebook's API to find out where people are. That doesn't count intentional check-ins.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 8:07 PM on April 18, 2013


Intensity. I had to look it up because it would have bugged me.
posted by DecemberBoy at 8:07 PM on April 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Isn't that how they caught the YouTube murderer IRL? Most people's posts are automatically tagged with their location and you can easily used Facebook's API to find out where people are. That doesn't count intentional check-ins.

You can find out what city they're in. You could narrow it down to a real location if you found out where the guy posted from, then subpoenaed the place's ISP once you found out what that is for what IPs were assigned to whom. On SVU, the tech will just bring up a map grid, and a dot will blip saying "RAPIST POSTING FROM INTERNET CAFE ON 125TH ST. RIGHT NOW".
posted by DecemberBoy at 8:10 PM on April 18, 2013 [7 favorites]


Viral this out as soon as possible.
posted by Apropos of Something at 8:15 PM on April 18, 2013 [10 favorites]


There was that facebook user who took someone hostage and then wrote a sequence of posts as the crisis was unfolding, but that's a little different.
posted by Going To Maine at 8:17 PM on April 18, 2013


Back in 2006, Conan O'Brien made a joke about a fake website called hornymanatee.com and was apparently ordered by NBC (or so the joke went) to actually purchase the domain name.

The site has since been taken down, but it remains viewable via the internet archive wayback machine.
posted by obscure simpsons reference at 8:23 PM on April 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


scratchyouritch.net, faceunion.com, russianswans.com, persecute-u.com, anonymousquickie.com, lusciousgrape.net, catchingthetrain.com, stinkinrat.com, teddystreehouse.com, b-frendz.com, blitzkriegwarriors.org, blitzkriegkids.com, et al are safely owned by GE.

AND THEY'RE JUST SITTING ON THEM!
posted by mazola at 8:25 PM on April 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


In one of last season's SVU episodes some random tech drone said something about "onion protocols" and it was so close to a real thing it really took me out of the moment.
posted by Lorin at 8:47 PM on April 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


My favorite was MyFace, the famous Facebook-Myspace hybrid.
posted by miyabo at 8:47 PM on April 18, 2013


I was surprised I didn't see the elaborate, interlinked set of fake pages about Lorenzo Von Matterhorn. I don't know if the Facebook page is official, but the weirdest ones are official.
posted by charlie don't surf at 8:50 PM on April 18, 2013


Greendale Community College's website is better than the one for the university I went to.

You've already been accepted.
posted by jb at 8:54 PM on April 18, 2013 [5 favorites]


They used a website from Supernatural and didn't use Busty Asian Beauties?
posted by Pseudology at 9:01 PM on April 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


"That's right! It's basically a diseased face of friendship!"
posted by mayurasana at 9:02 PM on April 18, 2013 [2 favorites]


My favorite is still MyFaceInATube.com.
posted by jiawen at 9:23 PM on April 18, 2013 [4 favorites]


I remember reading that the writers for one of these shows, I think it was NCIS, deliberately fuck up the computer jargon and do things wrong because it drives people so nuts.
posted by Ghostride The Whip at 9:38 PM on April 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


I'm glad they included The IT Crowd, but I love all the facebook variations.

Arrested Development had imoscar.com, imnoscar.com, and the amazon.com page for The Man Inside Me. There may have me one or two more like the amazon page but can't think of them.
posted by Room 641-A at 9:39 PM on April 18, 2013


Have we all forgotten Dillon/Edwards Investments at www.clownpenis.fart?
posted by DecemberBoy at 10:40 PM on April 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


I wish they'd checked out the Hudson University homepage.
posted by liketitanic at 11:09 PM on April 18, 2013 [3 favorites]


You can find out what city they're in. You could narrow it down to a real location if you found out where the guy posted from, then subpoenaed the place's ISP once you found out what that is for what IPs were assigned to whom.

Huh? Maybe they've tightened up the privacy settings but as of last year you could use the API to get a list of posts at a certain location, at least down to suburb level and usually much closer than that. Especially when people post from mobiles or intentionaly check in. Same goes for Instagram.
posted by Charlemagne In Sweatpants at 1:12 AM on April 19, 2013


I wish I could be the web designer for Law and Order, just sitting around making terrible site designs.
posted by azarbayejani at 7:01 AM on April 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


I wish I could be the web designer for Law and Order, just sitting around making terrible site designs.

GEOCITIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by liketitanic at 7:42 AM on April 19, 2013


Glad to see Friendface, but no Bob Loblaw's Law Blog?

And what about I'm Oscar...Dot Com!
posted by namewithoutwords at 8:33 AM on April 19, 2013


I like how sometimes they'll load a webpage, and the window will appear big for a split second as it opens, and it'll make a blip like noise.

I remember reading that the writers for one of these shows, I think it was NCIS, deliberately fuck up the computer jargon and do things wrong because it drives people so nuts.

Oh I see! Good one writers! Ha ha! Of course it's okay, I'm just a "nerd," I don't count as a real person! And who needs suspension of disbelief anyway!

Oh, you guys! Now I don't feel so bad about thinking your entire blighted genre is a fucking waste of airtime that's directly responsible for the decline of broadcast television and I would never ever think of watching. Oops! Looks like I've been "driven nuts!" It's a good thing my opinion doesn't count, g'huck!
posted by JHarris at 10:24 AM on April 19, 2013 [1 favorite]


Also, apropos of the thread title, I always semi-spoonerize this site's name into MeltaFritter.com.
posted by jiawen at 11:05 AM on April 19, 2013


jiawen: "Also, apropos of the thread title, I always semi-spoonerize this site's name into MeltaFritter.com"

"FetaMilter", personally. Some sort of greek cheese email filter.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 5:42 PM on April 19, 2013 [2 favorites]


Huh? Maybe they've tightened up the privacy settings but as of last year you could use the API to get a list of posts at a certain location, at least down to suburb level and usually much closer than that. Especially when people post from mobiles or intentionaly check in. Same goes for Instagram.

Never used the Facebook API, what I said would just be how you would track someone if you had the IP address they posted from. I'm sure their API has more fine-grained controls.
posted by DecemberBoy at 9:47 PM on April 19, 2013


"FetaMilter", personally. Some sort of greek cheese email filter.

You, uh. You know what "milt" is, right?
posted by jason_steakums at 1:07 AM on April 20, 2013 [1 favorite]


jason_steakums: "You, uh. You know what "milt" is, right?"

Yes, in Norway, where I'm from, the milt (the organ, not the actual semen of the fish) is eaten fried. It's quite delicious. But Milter is something different.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 9:12 PM on April 20, 2013


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