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Gizmodo mentions mathowie as one of the most 25 viral people on the internet. He came in at number 13.

I do not recognize anyone else on that list. Is that a bad thing?
posted by royalsong to MetaFilter-Related at 7:44 AM (66 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

Use protection, Matt.
posted by maryr at 7:47 AM on December 14, 2011 [20 favorites]


Typhoid Matt.
posted by R. Mutt at 7:49 AM on December 14, 2011 [7 favorites]


I do not recognize anyone else on that list. Is that a bad thing?

It just means you haven't had your mathowie vaccination, you anti-science lunatic.
posted by mullacc at 7:49 AM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


"...making him a personal best-of list for people to busy to check MeFi every day."

Another great moment in Gawker grammar/spell-checking.
posted by jbickers at 7:52 AM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Being too busy to check MeFi every day is a sure sign of living one's life in an incorrect manner.
posted by griphus at 7:54 AM on December 14, 2011 [5 favorites]


You don't recognize Ashton Kutcher? Very admirable.
posted by Dano St at 7:56 AM on December 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


I recognize his name.. and looking him up on wikipedia.. I've seen the butterfly effect.. But, yeah, other then that I don't know anything about him. Wasn't he married and recently divorced or something? Trying to remember vague comments from the radio..

I didn't realize Roger Ebert is on that list too, him I do recognize.
posted by royalsong at 8:01 AM on December 14, 2011


Jad Abumrad is one of the two Radiolab guys and there was a thread about his winning a MacArthur Fellowship a few months ago.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:02 AM on December 14, 2011


Don't even front like you don't know Ashton Kutcher and Kathleen Turner were married.
posted by griphus at 8:03 AM on December 14, 2011 [5 favorites]


Also you are probably lying about not recognizing Roger Ebert.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:04 AM on December 14, 2011


I didn't even know he was sick.
posted by dirtdirt at 8:04 AM on December 14, 2011


I love Matt's expression in that pic.
posted by rmd1023 at 8:05 AM on December 14, 2011


Take that, Fark!
posted by Grither at 8:06 AM on December 14, 2011


royalsong: "I do not recognize anyone else on that list. Is that a bad thing? "

I recognized five people in that list! I win.
posted by Grither at 8:09 AM on December 14, 2011


Points go to Grither!

(I am so horribly bad at connecting names of celebrities to faces. You know those little trivia games they have up on the movie theater screen if you arrive early? Absolute torture for me because I can't get any answer correct. My boyfriend makes fun of me for it. >_>)
posted by royalsong at 8:12 AM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Another great moment in Gawker grammar/ spell-checking

You don't even need to read that far: it's categorized as an "INTERENET" story.
posted by EvaDestruction at 8:19 AM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


I do not recognize anyone else on that list. Is that a bad thing?

No. There is an adorable naive artistry to the whole thing. Yay mathowie, you are a tastemaker.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 8:28 AM on December 14, 2011


I dunno, he looks older than 25 to me. Must be the viruses.
posted by 256 at 8:34 AM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


I didn't recognize anyone on the list. Not even mathow... I mean Matt Haughey.
posted by owtytrof at 9:21 AM on December 14, 2011


There are no words for how shocked I am that in 2011 people still care about Matt fucking Drudge. Did Harry Knowles star burn out or is he still lurking out there on the fringes somewhere?
posted by Copronymus at 9:21 AM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Ed Weissman deserves the call-out. I can't take too much Hacker News at once, because a lot of it's pretty circlejerky, but he's consistently one of the most interesting people on the site, and some of his advice has stayed with me. His best-of comments compilation is worth checking out if you've never heard of the guy before.
posted by Rory Marinich at 9:23 AM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


All hail our eternal maximum leader! All power to the mods!
posted by Chrysostom at 9:24 AM on December 14, 2011


Reddit has democratized editorial..

That's a sentence that could use a little more totalitarian editorial.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 9:28 AM on December 14, 2011 [5 favorites]


MetaFilter is the precious fruit of the leader's profound, widespread ideological and theoretical activities, and its creation is the most brilliant of his revolutionary achievements.

By creating MetaFilter, the leader opened up a new road leading to victory in the revolution before the working class and the masses of the people, and brought about a historic turn in the fulfillment of the revolutionary cause of the people.
posted by strangely stunted trees at 9:45 AM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


I can't decide whether I actually dislike everything Jesus Diaz writes, or if I just already dislike everything that I end up reading from Gizmodo/Gawker and it's being filtered through that lens. I guess getting a real answer would require his getting fired, which as much as I hate Gizmodo (and maybe him?) I wouldn't wish on anybody with a paying writing job.

So I might never known how much I disagree with this list. Hm.
posted by penduluum at 9:46 AM on December 14, 2011


I too love that picture of Matt.
posted by I am the Walrus at 9:56 AM on December 14, 2011

Now, Weissman isn't top ranked in karma points on Hacker News (that'd be Thomas Ptacek).
Tom's an old friend of mine, from way back before the Internet got big. I'll have to rib him about this.
posted by scalefree at 10:11 AM on December 14, 2011


I'm super happy MLKSHK got a shoutout. It's a totally excellent place to hang out, run by excellent people who care.
posted by Phire at 10:18 AM on December 14, 2011 [4 favorites]


I thought Robert Scoble would be on there.
posted by sweetkid at 10:18 AM on December 14, 2011


I recognize his name.. and looking him up on wikipedia.. I've seen the butterfly effect.. But, yeah, other then that I don't know anything about him. Wasn't he married and recently divorced or something? Trying to remember vague comments from the radio..

I feel like I am looking upon the noble savage, untouched my modern ugliness or evil. Such purity is in his woodland heart.
posted by Think_Long at 10:21 AM on December 14, 2011 [11 favorites]


Ashton Kutcher's brand recognition just got PUNK'D.
posted by cortex (staff) at 10:32 AM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


I should totally make a sockpuppet account called noble savage!

(I am also a her.)
posted by royalsong at 10:34 AM on December 14, 2011


her woodland heart
posted by Think_Long at 10:41 AM on December 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


mathowie as one of the most 25 viral people on the internet - It's true!

*holds up lysol can*
posted by empyrean at 11:06 AM on December 14, 2011


What is "the blue"? I do not recognize it
posted by infini at 11:18 AM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


We shall call him HazMatt.
posted by permafrost at 11:28 AM on December 14, 2011 [7 favorites]


moot is cute. There, I said it.
posted by book 'em dano at 12:02 PM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm a bit surprised that Perez Hilton isn't on that list, and outraged that Kottke isn't.
posted by schmod at 12:26 PM on December 14, 2011


I was totally unable to resist.
posted by noble savage at 12:27 PM on December 14, 2011 [7 favorites]


Congratulations Matt on making it into the spot at the exact center of the countdown, and higher than Drew Farkis, Squid Beale and Ben Cheezburguh.

And being the Second Biggest Matt On The Web.

Not much has changed since 2003 when the LA Weekly published this list:
It’s a Matt Matt Matt Matt Matt Matt Matt World!

Matt Drudge, author of the highly influential Drudge Report, www.drudgereport.com

Matt Haughey, creator and administrator of the highly influential collaborative blog Metafilter, www.metafilter.com

Matt Welch, highly influential libertarian-leaning journalist and blogger

Matt Wright, who maintains Matt’s Script Archive, providing free CGI scripts to the Web community since 1995, and, according to Google, is the most popular Matt on the Internet

Matthew Barney, artist and filmmaker

Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons and Futurama. Enough said

Matt Damon, Matt Damon
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:28 PM on December 14, 2011 [2 favorites]


I'd add Andy Baio to the list. WaxyLinks has pointed me toward so much awesome over the years (included MeFi, I think).
posted by defenestration at 12:28 PM on December 14, 2011


Now who's gonna be savage noble?
posted by oneswellfoop at 12:29 PM on December 14, 2011


Get well soon!
posted by pompomtom at 12:52 PM on December 14, 2011


Haughey vs. Abumrad barbed wire Tapei death match

Weapons by Cortex and Krulwich

"A Doomsday Chamber of Blood" - Jessamyn
posted by Beardman at 1:03 PM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Let's just say if mathowie jumps off a bridge you know what I'm doing next.
posted by tommasz at 1:11 PM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


Don't even front like you don't know Ashton Kutcher and Kathleen Turner were married.

I thought it was Angela Lansbury.
posted by pardonyou? at 1:38 PM on December 14, 2011


I don't know anything about anything. Winrar!
posted by tumid dahlia at 3:13 PM on December 14, 2011


Internet celebrities are sort of like fishing celebrities. Or maybe brass-rubbing celebrities. Or something. Someone finish my point for me, please.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 3:30 PM on December 14, 2011


I read a lot of US politics, admittedly leftish mostly (not all), and I have heard Drudge's name mentioned about 3 times since Obama was elected. I think he, and a couple of others (incl. Kutcher) was just thrown in there for name recognition on a list. To say drudge has more influence than kottke or Andrew Sullivan, say, is unsupportable on the crunched data I'd bet.
posted by peacay at 4:28 PM on December 14, 2011


Viral people?
Yet another reason for wrapping my keyboard in saran wrap.
posted by Kerasia at 4:46 PM on December 14, 2011


le morte de bea arthur: "Internet celebrities are sort of like fishing celebrities."

That's funny because last night I dreamed I was working for a wiki-news organization run by Matt and Jessamyn, and Matt was fishing.
posted by IndigoRain at 4:54 PM on December 14, 2011


Bea Arthur: the word you're looking for is "micro-celebrity" coined by Steve from Blue's Clues:

He became "a superstar" among his audience and their parents, but unknown to everyone else, and enjoyed what he called being a "micro-celebrity, about as small a celebrity as you can be."

posted by leotrotsky at 5:52 PM on December 14, 2011


Kerasia: just stay away from Roy Orbison. He's mine.
posted by leotrotsky at 5:53 PM on December 14, 2011 [1 favorite]


#23 is a StumbleUpon user with 9000 followers. First of all, 9000 might be a lot for StumbleUpon, but it's nothing on, say, Twitter. And, really, I wonder how many of those followers have logged in to StumbleUpon in the last five years; I'll bet it's nowhere near 9000.
posted by Sys Rq at 5:56 PM on December 14, 2011


It's certainly not OVER 9000 (yay 4 moot and canv.as!)
posted by Potomac Avenue at 5:59 PM on December 14, 2011


Reddit has democratized editorial..

Reddit has (inexplicably) filled the void left by the death of Digg.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 6:06 PM on December 14, 2011


Digg is dead?
posted by Think_Long at 7:42 PM on December 14, 2011


I almost made it as number one. Just a few letters off.
posted by maxwelton at 9:44 PM on December 14, 2011


After their disastrous relaunch last year, pretty much, yeah. I don't know who's still using it, but it's pretty much the Hotmail of Those Kind Of Sites now.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 10:43 PM on December 14, 2011


Ew, Matt has cooties. See y'all behind the bike sheds.
posted by arcticseal at 3:20 AM on December 15, 2011


I'm to busy to look at the list.
posted by crunchland at 4:05 AM on December 15, 2011


#23 is a StumbleUpon user with 9000 followers. First of all, 9000 might be a lot for StumbleUpon, but it's nothing on, say, Twitter.

True, but StumbleUpon operates differently than other sites. If someone tweets a link, first of all, you have to actually be using twitter at that moment to see it, or scroll backwards for ages if it's been a few hours since you checked your stream. Then you have to decide that the link is worth clicking. But on SU, if you follow that person, you will be shown the web page, without making a decision that yes, I want to check this out. So the number of people actually seeing the link is probably a lot higher, because who on Twitter has a 100% click-through rate?

Note: I'm actually not sure if SU shows you things from someone you follow even if they're not in one of your chosen categories.
posted by MexicanYenta at 6:17 AM on December 15, 2011


Digg is dead?

I don't think of Digg as dead, more like undead. It's still there, lurching along, but it's just not quite as lively as it once was.
posted by tommasz at 7:03 AM on December 15, 2011


The other day when we had the posting about the CmdrTaco interview I posted that I was surprised that Alexa had slashdot and metafilter almost equal (~1575). Then CmdrTaco posted Alexa meant next to nothing.

Today I looked at google trends.

They have metafilter and slashdot roughly equal. The interesting thing to me is they have metafilter significantly larger than fark, and they have reddit significantly smaller than the Drudge Report.

Copronymous:

There are no words for how shocked I am that in 2011 people still care about Matt fucking Drudge.

I mostly agree with this comment but have a look at that google trends plot and explain to me why it's wrong.
posted by bukvich at 7:48 AM on December 15, 2011

But the truth is Jesus can find some weird story that might otherwise have been but a mere blip on Reddit, like these weird formations in the Chinese desert, and turn it into the classic "Gawker exclusive," with great packaging, a killer headline, and presto, it's all over the mainstream media.
So... not actually exclusive?
posted by delmoi at 7:05 PM on December 15, 2011


Clearly, Jesus is a miracle worker.
posted by maryr at 9:55 PM on December 15, 2011 [1 favorite]


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