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IdleCuriousityFilter: What media mentions of MetaFilter have generated significant numbers of new accounts?

Reading jennydiski's lovely London Review of Books essay, I wondered if any of the magazine's readers would be tempted to come sign up for a MeFi account. So now I'm curious - have there been print/TV/whatever mentions of MetaFilter that have caused a huge spike in new member signups?
posted by Anonymous to MetaFilter-Related at 8:20 PM (16 comments total)

When quonsar's pantsfish appeared on the cover of TrouserTrout Monthly, 5514 new people signed up.

Unfortunately, none of them paid the $5 signup fee, so their accounts are all lying dormant, sucking up space n the server.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 8:33 PM on October 10, 2007 [1 favorite]

What, is everyone here drubk but me?
posted by dg at 9:43 PM on October 10, 2007

mathowie talks about this in the Viewer Mail podcast which I just listened to this morning while running my 5K.
posted by Brittanie at 9:54 PM on October 10, 2007

every time Brittanie runs a K a kitten masturbates.
posted by quonsar at 3:43 AM on October 11, 2007

IdleCuriousityFilter: There's only one person here who can really answer this question, so why didn't you email him directly?
posted by Plutor at 5:00 AM on October 11, 2007

Because others would likely be interested in the answer?
posted by brain_drain at 5:48 AM on October 11, 2007 [1 favorite]

Do you really listen to the mefi podcast when you run, Brittanie?
posted by frecklefaerie at 7:11 AM on October 11, 2007

Now why would I lie about something like that?
posted by Brittanie at 7:27 AM on October 11, 2007

Only when I run on the treadmill. It makes the time go by faster. I also listen to NPR podcasts.
posted by Brittanie at 7:27 AM on October 11, 2007

I found it the one time I picked up a Wall Street Journal off the street.
posted by StickyCarpet at 7:48 AM on October 11, 2007

I know the Brill's Content (R.I.P.) article generated a bunch of signups, including yours truly.
posted by vito90 at 7:51 AM on October 11, 2007

See here...
posted by vito90 at 7:53 AM on October 11, 2007

although, from that same thread: I was too hasty in thinking it was magazine effects.
posted by patricio at 8:03 AM on October 11, 2007

I usually listen to the podcasts while operating heavy machinery in the back yard. This is true -- I've got miracle noise-filtering iPod earphones that block more noise than common earplugs, so I can listen to Jessamyn fumbling with her microphone settings at something approaching conversational volume, even while I'm running a ripsaw. Although now that winter's coming, I'll have to consider alternative routines.

Er. What was the question again?
posted by ardgedee at 9:24 AM on October 11, 2007

The image that owillis linked to in the thread that vito90 linked to is like a double meta goatse or something.
posted by mbd1mbd1 at 10:17 AM on October 11, 2007

Wait, are you saying MeFi is a terrorist cell? I thought all the pockets on the complimentary blue vest were for my iPhone. And stuff.
posted by oneirodynia at 12:15 PM on October 11, 2007

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