Yet another tale of internet revenge.
June 26, 2001 8:48 AM   Subscribe

Yet another tale of internet revenge. Is this what the web was really made for?
posted by MrMoonPie (13 comments total)
what is so bad, the color suits him.
posted by clavdivs at 9:01 AM on June 26, 2001

my bullshit meter is going off. i don't think this is this girl's boyfriend and if it is then it's a stunt to get people to the site by getting sites like mefi posting links to it.
posted by suprfli at 9:18 AM on June 26, 2001

Seems like an obvious marketing ploy for the Uboot site if you ask me.

Main reason being that Uboot is a niche European community / wireless services site which most potential revengers won't have heard of. I would have expected AOL, Xoom,, Fortunecity... but not Uboot. Meanwhile Uboot is exactly the kind of trendy company one would expect to use "guerilla marketing" or other viral whatnots.
posted by tobyslater at 9:26 AM on June 26, 2001

tobyslater: Do viral whatnots cause stuff that's shown on her 'favourite' site,
posted by davehat at 9:31 AM on June 26, 2001

suprfli: Reuters believes it, though who knows really? :)
posted by pnevares at 10:00 AM on June 26, 2001

After it was featured in the best-selling daily tabloid The Sun

Must be true then.
posted by davehat at 10:03 AM on June 26, 2001


(and the hacks who fell for it should be ashamed of themselves. tobyslater's completely on the ball here: you'd expect Geocities or Freeserve to host something like this, not the underperforming Barleyfest that's uboot. And including the exact URL in all the stories just proved that it was designed to drive traffic to the site.)
posted by holgate at 10:29 AM on June 26, 2001

oooh. a photo community. how...novel. but i guess they needed to come up with something "new", since their mobile service isn't exactly taking off in the uk:

does uboot work with any mobile phone?
yes, of course - uboot works with all uk network operators. but to reply to a uboot nickname, your operator has to have an agreement with uboot.
one2one- on its way...
orange - no
vodafone - coming soon...
bt cellnet – not too long now...
virgin mobile - coming soon...

(from the faq)
posted by dutchbint at 2:03 PM on June 26, 2001

some one ripped off my site. so to get back at him i put up a seperate page where i put up his picture and wrote about his deed.

i am hoping that the more people link to the site, the higher up it goes in the google search ranking. so next time he tries to make a vanity search or his girlfriend/friends search for him online, the page will show up.
posted by adnan at 5:05 PM on June 26, 2001

the register said that this is a hoax.
posted by moz at 7:51 PM on June 26, 2001

ouch adnan... that is pretty bad (the stealing the copyright image part being the worst.)
posted by lotsofno at 9:35 PM on June 26, 2001

...i know some people in keego harbor...
posted by clavdivs at 7:23 AM on June 27, 2001

Why is viral marketing always manifested as crappy little pranks like this ?
posted by none at 11:04 AM on June 27, 2001

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