"For years people laughed at me. But my dream reoccured so often that I was sure that one day the yellow gnomes would visit our planet with a very special message for us. Now I am not alone anymore." These yellow gnomes
have apparently appeared all over NW Europe. Today a fresh batch was discovered in Abcoude, Netherlands (in Dutch)
. And yes, of course there is a forum
. Art or crazy?
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane
on Apr 25, 2006 -
A futuristic robot
polices the chaotic streets of a developing nation in this [creepy] spec commercial/corporate video." Quicktime is involved. Also, people who are scared of robots might not want to watch, because there is a robot in this video.
posted by Hildago
on Apr 28, 2004 -
Are you "e-fluential"?
It's possible you are without even knowing it--you never know who might be listening in
. While I don't find all gadget/soft drink/product discussions insidious, it does seem like they pop up pretty regularly. Has anyone here been contacted?
Or are these companies (and others like them) just targeting product-oriented boards?
posted by _sirmissalot_
on Oct 30, 2002 -
I must admit, I've always had my doubts about some of you...
Corporations hire viral marketing firms to spread misinformation and bogus votes of support for their products on internet message boards. With all the front page entries about new movies, new records and new colored cola drinks, are we all being manipulated and duped by the marketing weasels even here on Metafilter?
posted by crunchland
on Jun 5, 2002 -
The creators of Operation Swordfish
are attempting to capitalize on the rampant success of The Game
in the most lameassed, riding-on-coattails manner possible. Apparently, the first step on the road to ripoff is (not) hiding the password to your 'secret' site in your online trailer.
posted by Danelope
on May 16, 2001 -
How's this for viral marketing?
In order to promote their weblog feature, Xanga.com
created a weblogger. Last week, many Geocities users received the same message (included inside) from "Bianca Broussard"
, in which she says, "I was noticing your writing style, and I think the weblog format might really work well for you."
They actually created a fictional person and gave her a blog with over a month of entries. Pretty sneaky...
posted by Aaaugh!
on Dec 26, 2000 -
attempt by the networks to use "underground marketing" to promote their new shows. Pretty transparent.
posted by owillis
on Oct 5, 2000 -