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…Dipity knows Internet memes?

Internet Memes

Dipity’s Internet Memes is “an interactive view of the all the memes that swept across the Internet and burrowed in our zeitgeist”.

The list is also zoomable, so that you can dig down into the more obscure references, and it’s built from Wikipedia and Memelabs, so you know that it’s (at least somewhat) reliable.

Plus, anyone can add to it and maintain the list, so you know that the nerds fighting over the exact date that the cheezburger cat became famous are going to have this thing accurate to the second.

Just remember: “All your base are belong to us”.

[Dipity – Internet Memes]

…Yesterday was April Fools’ Day?

“You know the rules, and so do I…”

Yesterday was April Fools’ Day, but I feel like it should have just been called Official Rick Roll Day, since so many sites (DYH included) used it as an excuse for a little meme misdirection. (YouTube Rick Rolling anyone and everyone that clicked on a featured video link was a classic!)

However, not all sites went for the easy/obvious gag, and some managed to pull some pretty funny stunts. Below are some of my favorites:




Trust Banners

Trust Banner

Gmail Custom Time

Google Custom Time

ThinkGeek’s line of April Fools products, including the Pii Pii Brothers

Aviary’s Dodo: Web-Based Time Machine

Aviary Dodo

For more April Foolery, check out the following lists:

[Top 100 April Fools’ Day Hoaxes Of All Time]

[April Fools’ Day On The Web]

[Wikipedia – April 1, 2008]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Wikia Search?

Wikia Search

Wikia Search wants to take down the Google giant with a freely licensed (open source) search engine.

Since Google is now a $200 Billion company, it’s easy to assume that they’re going to be a bit guarded with regard to their search technology; as it is, after all, the driving force behind most of those billions.

However, Wikia Search feels that by putting users in control, they can create a search engine that works faster, is more accurate, and is more informative.

How is it going to do this?

By using the power of a community of users acting together in an open, transparent, and public way.

Their belief is that “search is a fundamental part of the infrastructure of the Internet, and that it can and should therefore be done in an open, objective, accountable way”.

Though it’s currently only an Alpha release (meaning the results are pretty bad because there is no user feedback data), as that data starts to roll in, expect the results to get better at an impressively quick pace. (At least that’s the hope.)

It’s definitely an interesting project, and I hope it’s successful too, because if it can do for search what Wikipedia did for the encyclopedia, then Google definitely needs to keep an eye on this David.

[Wikia Search]

…Jimmy Wales wants to take down Google?

Jimmy Wales

Why is Jimmy “Jimbo” Wales smiling? Because you’d probably have to remind yourself to smile as well if you set your sights on a $150 billion search giant. Jimmy, the man behind Wikipedia, the sixth largest web site in the world, and home to more than 5.3 million entries in 100 languages edited by 280,000 volunteers, wants to create a new kind of search engine. Just as Wikipedia has changed the way we think about information, Jimmy wants his latest project, called Wikia, to change the way we think about search (and take down Google in the process). Fast Company recently profiled the man on a mission, and it’s inspirational to say the least. So can he do it? Can he turn Wikia into the new king of search? Only time will tell of course, but if anyone can do it, Jimbo can.

[Fast Company – Why Is This Man Smiling?]

…It’s Website Wednesday: WikiProject Porn Stars?

So somehow I got the days confused and managed to post a Things Thursday on a Wednesday, and completely ignore Website Wednesday in the process, so here’s my repentance:

Wikipedia Shauna O’Brien

Wikipedia is really looking to push the boundaries of decency with their latest project: Porn Stars. From the site:

    The project aims to implement a consistent format for articles of pornographic actors, actresses and models, as well as related infobox templates. Additionally, the project is to implement a standard means of procuring information on pornographic actresses, as well as to address what is proper for an encyclopedic article on porn stars.

I guess if you’re going to be the place to go for online information about anything and everything, you can’t just ignore the porn world. That would be like ignoring a substantial part of the history of the Internet. Surprisingly (or not surprsingly depending on how you view the ‘Pedia) the articles are actually pretty informative, giving a complete career history, filmography, appearances, and much more. Plus, you can finally get the “real or fake” question answered by more than just a “dude, totally”. It’s a dirty world, but somebody’s got to document it.

[Wikipedia – WikiProject Porn Stars]