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March 11, 2002 2:12 PM   Subscribe

Ginger... iMac... Yahoo? It looks like Yahoo! is taking a page from Steve Jobs's book, promising something that's 'so big there's never been anything like it on the Internet, or anywhere else.' Liftoff is 1 PM Pacific Time on Wednesday which, incidentally, is just after trading closes at NASDAQ.
posted by kfury (37 comments total)

 
The background makes me think of Austin Powers... maybe this is just to generate buzz to announce a name for the third movie?
posted by Hugh2d2 at 2:17 PM on March 11, 2002


I am going to make a comment in this thread that will blow away every other comment that has ever been made on MetaFilter, or anywhere else for that matter, in the history of the world. What will I say? Well, wait and see!
posted by Hildago at 2:21 PM on March 11, 2002


Upon previewing I see Hildago used my idea... damn. I've got nothing else to add for now.
posted by riffola at 2:23 PM on March 11, 2002


Maybe it'll be something I can use with my mLife!!!!
posted by eyeballkid at 2:27 PM on March 11, 2002


Whatever it is, you can bet it won't be free.

Unless it is just a stupid movie promo.
posted by aaron at 2:29 PM on March 11, 2002


bad news, it's just a sale. in fact, they're calling it "the biggest internet sale ever." we should all try and contain ourselves.
posted by momus at 2:31 PM on March 11, 2002


I don't know if anything could be better than that amazon camera sale from a while back.
posted by panopticon at 2:32 PM on March 11, 2002


Well, whatever it is...I bet that cities will be designed around it.
posted by ColdChef at 2:35 PM on March 11, 2002


GABBO!

Then follows a brief but arresting advertisement for `Gabbo'', whoever that is. The advertising blitz continues, and the day finally arrives at which Gabbo's identity will be revealed. To great fanfare, we discover that Gabbo is a ventriloquist's dummy
posted by plaino at 2:44 PM on March 11, 2002


I thought you meant gabocorp. Scared me there plaino.
posted by kokogiak at 2:51 PM on March 11, 2002


*yawn*
posted by SpecialK at 3:02 PM on March 11, 2002


I heard they are unveiling a new color for use on the Internet: #FFFFFG.
posted by Shadowkeeper at 3:10 PM on March 11, 2002


If its so big, how come it isn't even linked from their frontpage? How'd you stumble upon that page anyway?
posted by harrycaul at 3:21 PM on March 11, 2002


YahooPorn: Never A Problem With Profits Ever Again
posted by owillis at 3:30 PM on March 11, 2002


"Gabbo. He'll tell us what to do."

If this is even half as big as Ginger and iMac, it's going to change the world in ways we can't even imagine.
posted by dack at 3:34 PM on March 11, 2002


It's nothing special. Really. All Yahoo! is going to introduce is what they promise to be the "Biggest Sale in Internet History."

Their ad in the April 2002 YIL explains it all:
Nobody will ever know you are shopping.
Quietly head over to the "Biggest Sale in Internet History." Never before has so much been on sale in one time at one place. Ever. Seriously. Check it out March 13-15.
http://bigsale.yahoo.com
posted by ncurley at 3:58 PM on March 11, 2002


If it's such a big friggin' deal, couldn't they spend about ten minutes to code a more elegant countdown?
posted by machaus at 4:01 PM on March 11, 2002


You can bet it won't work on a Mac... if recent Yahoo history is any indication. sigh.
posted by russh at 4:08 PM on March 11, 2002


If this is even half as big as Ginger and iMac, it's going to change the world in ways we can't even imagine.
Even if it's twice as big as Ginger and iMac it's going to change the world in ways we can barely discern (if at all). I'm sorry, but shit like this trips my hype-o-meter. Vague or excessive advertising is, without fail, the mark of a product that is at best unremarkable and at worst a con.
posted by krisjohn at 4:35 PM on March 11, 2002


"Biggest Sale in Internet History"
so, what, they're selling the office furniture and laptops of all the people they just fired?
posted by badstone at 4:36 PM on March 11, 2002


Maybe they're selling the Internet itself...
posted by Danelope at 5:29 PM on March 11, 2002


Maybe they got congress to legalize child pornography.
posted by Settle at 5:57 PM on March 11, 2002


Maybe they're selling the Internet itself...

Does this mean I'll finally get 'Internet' on my computer? I thought AOL already did that.
posted by insomnyuk at 6:40 PM on March 11, 2002


You know what I'd like them to have in their sale? An ad-Free yahoo. That includes banner ads, interstitials in the groups service, skyscrapers, pop-ups... I will give you money, just turn the damn things off.
posted by benjh at 7:01 PM on March 11, 2002


Maybe they're going to add some new sites to their index in a reasonable amount of time? Maybe they're going to find the other 90% of their stock price?
posted by spilon at 7:48 PM on March 11, 2002


You can bet it won't work on a Mac... if recent Yahoo history is any indication. sigh.

That's fine, I won't be buying from them or any of their shops anyway, precisely because of the Mac issue. I understand that as a Mac owner, I shouldn't expect to have access to 100% of the features Yahoo offers Windows users. But their near-total unwillingness to develop ANY of their Windows products for the Mac is just too damn much. I mean, when Yahoo Messenger is at version 5.0 for Windows and version 1.1 for the Mac, something is very very wrong.

I'll use their email, I'll very occasionally use their main directory (Google is usually just better), as both are free and work more or less the same on all platforms. But anything off which they might make actual money? Forget it. They can have my banner ad hits, and that's it.
posted by aaron at 8:28 PM on March 11, 2002


hell yeah...

they are selling everything...

even a date with Jerry Yang
posted by surfmoc at 9:34 PM on March 11, 2002


ha! a guy from Yahoo! emailed me that they fixed the counter to look better. I'm going to bitch about things here more often.
posted by machaus at 4:58 AM on March 12, 2002


I'm sorry, but shit like this trips my hype-o-meter.

Now if we can just get your sarcasm-o-meter working you'll be able to keep up.
posted by rodii at 5:09 AM on March 12, 2002


Whatever it is, I'm just glad I was in on the ground floor.
posted by Outlawyr at 5:40 AM on March 12, 2002


YahooPorn: Never A Problem With Profits Ever Again

imagine :)

Most-emailed pr0n | Most-viewed pr0n | Most popular pr0n keyword alerts | Most-viewed external pr0n
Most-emailed pr0n photos and erotica by Yahoo! pr0n viewers in the last
5 | 15 minutes, 1 | 6 | 12 | 24 hours, 7 days

posted by kliuless at 7:45 AM on March 12, 2002


Great post, kliuless. Don't forget entertainment pr0n, top stories pr0n, sports pr0n, etc.
posted by adampsyche at 7:48 AM on March 12, 2002


finance pr0n, weather pr0n...
posted by kliuless at 8:08 AM on March 12, 2002


The truth is, by biggest thing on the internet, they mean to say that they locked Rosie O'Donnell in a room for a month and fed her nothing but lard.
posted by trioperative at 4:18 PM on March 12, 2002


5 minutes until zero hour, and we know the truth :)
posted by insomnyuk at 11:55 PM on March 12, 2002


I'm so disappointed that this was completely predictable...
posted by insomnyuk at 12:05 AM on March 13, 2002


WOW! Now I can BUY stuff on the internet!

My world will never be the same...
posted by ColdChef at 4:59 AM on March 13, 2002


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