I know people are probably wondering how that whole replace a popular image with a less popular one experiment has been going. While I doubt I’ll be doing many more “updates” unless something really cool or interesting happens in the future, I might as well give some hard statistics for the people who were wondering what the addition of Goatse did to dissuade users on Myspace from using the art.
Well, I’m happy to report that only a mere 18,000 people were goatse’d in the month of February, plus another 3,000 who saw it in conjunction with the article on here.
So wait, you’re saying, people still haven’t gotten rid of the grim reaper picture on their pages? Still?
No, in fact a good amount of them have done something worse.
Many of them now have their backgrounds set up to download the grim reaper pic, then immediately download a black background and overlay it over the picture.
As hard as I may try sometimes, you just can’t make this stuff up.
You win this round, clueless Internet Passengers!
A few of the kids have simply shifted from the Grim Reaper image over to the other cool images in that directory, so it does mean they took the time to really browse around and find something else to hotlink to. I thought that was nice.
I suspect I’ll just quietly kill hotlinking for artscene.textfiles.com, since it’s just causing too much trouble bandwidth-wise, but not quite yet. I thought it ironic that while writing the Peter Hirschberg entry I posted recently, I ended up having to make local copies of all his stuff because… his server forbids hotlinking. That’ll show me.
Anyway, onwards to real content tomorrow. I take requests, by the way.
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