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June 7, 2006 2:33 AM   Subscribe

The internet's favorite color. Subject to change without notice.
posted by Effigy2000 (41 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
From here - "very red pictures don't have much blue and very blue pictures don't have much red, so on average there's not much blue and not much red, which can mean green is left over."

This is cool, but what cancels out greens? And wouldn't mixing all the colors always eventually result in greenish/brownish thing?
posted by phyrewerx at 2:43 AM on June 7, 2006


The internet's favorite colour is a nice shade of poop.
posted by slimepuppy at 2:46 AM on June 7, 2006


I thought our favorite colour was blue. Oh and grey for arguments, and green, and whatever that project colour is.
posted by adamvasco at 2:55 AM on June 7, 2006


Flickr = the internet?
posted by nylon at 3:21 AM on June 7, 2006


Flickr = the internet?

They should really be tracking colours used on MySpace profiles - then at least we'd get something epileptic fit-inducing instead of dull brown.
posted by jack_mo at 3:33 AM on June 7, 2006


Not really. If you mix a bunch of paint essentially at random, you'll still tend to get brown, no matter whether the original colors were subdued or violent.
posted by nebulawindphone at 3:42 AM on June 7, 2006


Why must they have the 'favcol' tag requirement? To pimp their site endlessly? The tag thing really bugs me, but otherwise I tend to like things like this.
posted by Phantomx at 3:44 AM on June 7, 2006


I think they are confusing "favorite" with "average."
posted by sexymofo at 4:53 AM on June 7, 2006


To find the internet's favourite colour I would think it would be more precise to spider for "#******" in html and css pages and calculate an average, no?

On preview: sexymofo is, of course, right.
posted by sveskemus at 4:54 AM on June 7, 2006


meh...

meaningless
posted by HuronBob at 5:17 AM on June 7, 2006


Mmmm ... Mocha.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:20 AM on June 7, 2006


They're not even calculating an appropriate average, since each image can only carry their tag once.
posted by Wolfdog at 5:36 AM on June 7, 2006


Sheitgeist = Internet brown.
posted by furtive at 5:53 AM on June 7, 2006


Isn't that the MeTa colour? Or damn close?
posted by orange swan at 6:12 AM on June 7, 2006


Color me unimpressed.
posted by scratch at 6:28 AM on June 7, 2006


Using this method, I don't think I'd want to eat the world's favorite food.
posted by StickyCarpet at 6:37 AM on June 7, 2006


I think the internet's favorite color would be whatever #****** value appeared the most frequently, calculated by square pixelage. Not some sort of average.

They're just gonna get brown cut with a lot of white.
posted by sourwookie at 6:45 AM on June 7, 2006


Gah, this is lame in every possible way:

1. Why just Flickr?
2. Why the dumb tag?
3. Why the stupid averaging method, when they *know* it's wrong?
4. Why are they only using photographs? why not use sourwookie's method and take colours from page backgrounds?

blah.
posted by lupus_yonderboy at 6:50 AM on June 7, 2006


I think they are confusing "favorite" with "average."

Yeah, that's the biggest problem. Still an interesting idea, though.
posted by danb at 6:58 AM on June 7, 2006


Wow, you guys are pretty critical.

It's made by a guy who wanted to make something fun, get over it. You probably spent more time complaining about this link than you did actually navigating the site.
posted by whoshotwho at 7:09 AM on June 7, 2006


Well, his fun just has to meet my standards, dammit!
posted by sourwookie at 7:22 AM on June 7, 2006


I'm looking at the guy who made it right now and I'm pretty sure he didn't invest months of his life on what should be considered a nice, interesting and fun little hack. Got any positive ideas about how it could be improved?
posted by barbelith at 7:35 AM on June 7, 2006


Wow, you guys are pretty critical.

It's made by a guy who wanted to make something fun, get over it. You probably spent more time complaining about this link than you did actually navigating the site.
posted by whoshotwho at 9:09 AM CST on June 7


We're talking about MetaFilter, right?
posted by ninjew at 7:38 AM on June 7, 2006


Wow, you guys are pretty critical.

New here?

(Boy, that brown sure is fun.)
posted by mendel at 7:39 AM on June 7, 2006


I know it's kinda dumb. But I had fun making it.
posted by paranoidfish at 7:48 AM on June 7, 2006


Brown. Typical.
posted by slatternus at 7:53 AM on June 7, 2006


Flagged as Brown.
posted by blue_beetle at 8:05 AM on June 7, 2006


Actually, it goes pretty well with the Average Color of the Universe.
posted by briank at 8:35 AM on June 7, 2006


"Isn't that the MeTa colour? Or damn close?"

That's what I thought too.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:45 AM on June 7, 2006


At least it wasn't triple-posted, right Effigy? ;)
posted by hoborg at 8:56 AM on June 7, 2006


This is cool, but what cancels out greens? And wouldn't mixing all the colors always eventually result in greenish/brownish thing?

Purple (a mix of red and blue) obviously.
posted by delmoi at 9:54 AM on June 7, 2006


It looks grey to me.
posted by delmoi at 9:54 AM on June 7, 2006


They should really be tracking colours used on MySpace profiles - then at least we'd get something epileptic fit-inducing instead of dull brown.

No, no for the love of my eyes.

Besides blink, flash and sparkle aren't colors.
posted by SuzySmith at 11:13 AM on June 7, 2006


Go mlnjr!
posted by shoepal at 12:28 PM on June 7, 2006


One place where I was able to snag mlnjr instead of emelenjr. Heh.

Just doing my part to get rid of the doodoo brown.
posted by emelenjr at 12:44 PM on June 7, 2006


Got any positive ideas about how it could be improved?
posted by barbelith at 9:35 AM CST on June 7


You're always going to end up with brown unless you force an artificial counter-method.

I would rather see it as a rank.

Subdivide the page into 5 stripes, showing the top 5 colors. This would also be easier to change via user action.

More ambitious, allow the page to change based on ANY searchable keyword, besides just favcol.

In other words, let me search for the tag "apple" and the page turn a nice red. "Grass" = a nice green. Etc.
posted by Ynoxas at 12:46 PM on June 7, 2006


It's now a nice green gray. Good job, emelenjr.
posted by effwerd at 1:57 PM on June 7, 2006


"At least it wasn't triple-posted, right Effigy? ;)"

Indeed!
posted by Effigy2000 at 1:58 PM on June 7, 2006


Awesome... the light spectrum version of carrot cake. Nobody would choose it as their favorite, really, but atleast no one will object too much.

...oh right, this is MeFi. Please, let the vehement objections continue.
posted by Navelgazer at 5:54 PM on June 7, 2006


Did anyone get this image on the linked page?

Funny.


posted by uncanny hengeman at 8:09 PM on June 7, 2006


The internets are mostly white, but it would be interesting to see a breakdown of the pixalage percentages. I bet MeFi has done way more than it's share for blue.
posted by parallax7d at 10:10 PM on June 7, 2006


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