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Cats, manatees, fail and other funny stuff.

Iron Sky, Digg, Darth Vader and Evil Hamsters.

April 14th, 2010 by Jarmo Puskala

Couple of weeks ago we released new concept art from Iron Sky. We thought it would be just a little “thank you” to our fans for their support. However, turns out that the internet is an unpredictable place.

Yesterday Steve Jobs‘ favourite gadget blog Gizmodo posted the pic. We posted it on Facebook and users dugg the article.

Once it passed 200 or so diggs it became popular and went on to the front page. That is pretty much the holy grail of traffic, bringing some 50,000 visitors to the Gizmodo during the 2½ hours an article typicallys tays on Digg’s front page. And amazingly, it didn’t even quiet down after that, but the with over 1000 Diggs the article was promoted to the “Top in all Topics” section, displayed on every page on Digg!

This morning we noticed Gizmodo had posted a follow-up article, answering one big question presented in the comments:

What if Darth Vader was a robot operated by evil hamsters?

What if Darth Vader was a robot operated by evil hamsters?

As of today the Gizmodo article has become one of the most popular on that site and has been read almost 170,000 times, with 40,000 of those continuing on to visit our site. We weren’t expecting a traffic spike anytime soon and that lead to our site becoming unresponsive for a little while yesterday, but our host Nebula handled it quickly and the server has been holding up well since then.

There are four big lessions in this:
1) The internet is unpredictable, we didn’t get on Digg when we spent months making the Iron Sky teaser, but one picture became hugely popular.
2) Never underestimate the traffic. Optimizing websites pays off.
3) If you like Iron Sky, let it show! It’s people who click “like” or “digg” or link to our websites that make it all the more popular. And then good things happen.
4) Usually if you Photoshop hamster-controlled Darth Vader robots you are strange, but if you work for Gizmodo, it’s your job. Apparently.

So thank you to all our fans, old and new alike! You’re awesome.

Internet vs. Earthquakes

April 7th, 2010 by Jarmo Puskala
xkcd - seismic waves

XKCD once again manages to distil the essence of the Internet.

XKCD does it again. Why write a long, boring blog post about the speed information travels these days, when you can just link to a webcomic.

Latest articles from The Truth Today!

March 30th, 2010 by Jarmo Puskala
The Truth Today paperboy distributes newspapers at the Berlin film festival.

The Truth Today paperboy distributes newspapers at the Berlin film festival.

The Truth Today site has been updated with the newest articles. Read all about how the US is moving to an income-based voting system, the problem Los Angeles police is having with replicants and how EU plans to ban drinking in pubs!

The Truth Today is a satirical newspaper, written by the community at Wreckamovie and edited by community volunteers Kris and Angela. Originally distributed in print form at Berlin and Cannes film festivals, Truth Today’s online version can now be found on www.thetruthonline.info.

Meanwhile on conspiracy sites the news about a swastika shaped fortress found on the Moon still circulates as true, even though we thought this was cleared up the last time it happened. Sorry.

Avatar: The Making of the Bootleg

January 6th, 2010 by Jarmo Puskala

Just a little something funny for a perfectly average Wednesday.

(Free Love Forum via. Cinema Bacon)