A camera attached to weather balloons touches down in a farmer's field, revealing shocking footage. The year is 1991, and Hard Copy is mad at Trent Reznor.
Digg co-founder and CEO Kevin Rose has been sick with left lower lobe pneumonia
since July 4. Today he received a get-well message from an unlikely person: the Old Spice Man
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DUI? Dealing Drugs? Better Call Saul!
Have you or someone you know been affected by the tragedy of Wayfarer Flight 515? SAUL CAN HELP!
Also related: Check out Saul's philanthropic causes
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This YouTube video
seems to break my browser. Does it play alright for anyone else?
Remember these UFOs
? In May of last year, pictures were posted anonymously on Craiglist and Flickr of strange objects
in the California sky. This Monday night, the mystery was solved
Hey look, the Cerne Abbas giant
has a buddy
. Unamused pagans wish for rain
One of the most famous characters
on youtube is lonelygirl15 (this link being the most comprehensive summary of her story I've seen). Virginia Hefferton
of the NY Times is one of the countless people
trying to unravel the mystery of whether her video blogs
are the ramblings of a cute homeschooled girl and her nerdy crush, or part of a larger marketing campaign.
"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?
- Rewind the rhythm of life
, find the purpose
of evolution? First link direct to Quicktime, second to lyrics, third to lauding press release
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.
The Intel IT Manager Game
lets you manage an IT department (flash, reg. required, you don't have to enter a valid e-mail address). Here
is another attempt (click "Simulation" at the top). For those who rather calculate than point-and-click, try the Ipas TCO simulation
[via Flex-MX Blog
Is Howard Dean conducting viral marketing
is an urban hipster-themed, viral-marketing, platformer game [shockwave]
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?
Viral Marketing Wants You!
Do you want to hype the new season of your tv show? Recruit fans to post what you want them to post in the places you tell them to. Courtesy of the Hype Council
. Sure to hit Metafilter soon!
Attractive people planted in bars are being paid to chat you up
...about the New Sony Ericsson T68i! and so am I
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?
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.
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...
attempt by the networks to use "underground marketing" to promote their new shows. Pretty transparent.