Pepsi Blue origin? March 9, 2005 5:33 PM   Subscribe

What is the origin of this Pepsi Blue nonsense?
posted by damehex to MetaFilter-Related at 5:33 PM (30 comments total)

Was it an FPP of the faux blog? Was it an april fools' day site redesign? I checked every thread that returns from a search, but could not find the original.
posted by damehex at 5:33 PM on March 9, 2005


This one maybe?
posted by boaz at 5:39 PM on March 9, 2005


The unofficial mefi wiki has a page on it, but I can't seem to load the site.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:45 PM on March 9, 2005


I think "Pepsi Blue" refers to a post that's more marketing than "Best of the Web". It started from that first Pepsi Blue thread linked above.
posted by schroedinger at 5:54 PM on March 9, 2005


As a noob myself, I find some of the internal MeFi cultural references (e.g. Pepsi Blue) to be both amusing and confusing.

When curious I check the wiki for background information.

Heck, I've learned about bananas, bunnies, drama hounds, pancakes, and Portuguese connoisseurs of fine spirits and cigars in short order!
posted by ericb at 6:07 PM on March 9, 2005


It is interesting in a cultural evolution kinda of way. Lately I've been trying to figure out why "the" (teh) is constantly misspelled. Call me clueless, or just suspicious.
posted by R. Mutt at 6:20 PM on March 9, 2005


R. Mutt, Is this teh information you're looking for?
posted by casu marzu at 6:34 PM on March 9, 2005


Thanks, I just found it in Wiki too.
posted by R. Mutt at 6:35 PM on March 9, 2005


What a difference 5 months makes. When the flood gates opened in November, a post like this would be deleted by #1 by now because it would have been full of nasty snarks.
posted by Doohickie at 7:20 PM on March 9, 2005


Until the "Pepsi Blue!" Jihad made me realize the error in my thinking, I used to think that a post about, oh, I don't know, a company that apparently makes nothing but Horizontal Corduroy Pants would have flown on MetaFilter. Because, well, it's a funny concept, and you can't really tell from the website whether they're serious or not (be sure to click on the "for now: pants" section). Now, of course, I realize that making such a post would be nothing but "shilling" for the "man", so I wouldn't dare sully the front page with such tripe, and only mention sites that I find like that within semi-related MetaTalk threads, so as to not get my ass chewed out.
posted by yhbc at 7:55 PM on March 9, 2005


iPepsiPodPhotoMoBlogBlueFilter.
posted by loquacious at 8:03 PM on March 9, 2005


yhbc, I'm sick and fucking tired of you pimping for the Corduroistists. War's fucking over. Vertical won.

Give it a goddamn rest.

Now, if you wanna talk fashion-forward, then you're gonna wanna meet my pal, the Turd Ferguson Mesh Trucker Hat.
posted by ColdChef at 8:32 PM on March 9, 2005


umm . . . so, it doesn't come in any other color than dark brown, then?
posted by yhbc at 8:39 PM on March 9, 2005


so did turd ferguson get started with the snl jeopardy skit or did they just borrow it? because if there is a person out there calling himself turd ferguson, i would like to shake his hand. *waits patiently*
posted by weretable and the undead chairs at 8:52 PM on March 9, 2005


I think Turd Ferguson lives in Poo Poo City. Would you like me to take you?
posted by euphorb at 9:09 PM on March 9, 2005


I can't load the wiki either.

Boaz, that is funny: I remember reading that thread when it was posted (not because of the incredibly memorable and stimulating discussion of soda color but because r. stevens got called out therein). That is a strange thread to spawn you're-a-shill suspicion. From a CNN link? I thought maybe mefi once caught a covert marketeer sharing this on the front page. Or is even that a parody? When will this accursed internet just BE HONEST WITH ME?
posted by damehex at 9:44 PM on March 9, 2005


Boaz, that is funny: I remember reading that thread when it was posted (not because of the incredibly memorable and stimulating discussion of soda color but because r. stevens got called out therein). That is a strange thread to spawn you're-a-shill suspicion. From a CNN link? I thought maybe mefi once caught a covert marketeer sharing this on the front page. Or is even that a parody? When will this accursed internet just BE HONEST WITH ME? - help!

Someone send me the decoder ring, please!
posted by ericb at 9:50 PM on March 9, 2005


Oh ... I get it ... Pepsi Blue!
posted by ericb at 9:52 PM on March 9, 2005


Some day Matt will reveal we're all secretly BzzAgents, and it'll be like The Man who was Thursday.
posted by NickDouglas at 9:55 PM on March 9, 2005


Q: Are (viral) ads best of the web or Buzzagent/Pepsi blue? A: depends.
examples: #1, #2, #3.
posted by dabitch at 12:58 AM on March 10, 2005


Speaking of Pepsi Blue, both of these AskMe questions had a very viral-markety feel to me, but I decided not to make unfounded accusations and stuff, 'cause I didn't really care that much, and also because we all know where that'd get me. Up Turd Ferguson creek without a paddle!
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 1:12 AM on March 10, 2005


well, the ironic thing is that even though many of us were suspicious of the PepsiBlue shilling, that product was yanked from the shelves in almost no time.

So much for the effectiveness of blog viral marketing, I guess.
posted by crunchland at 9:13 AM on March 10, 2005


I'm just counting down the days 'til Christmas so I can kick back and relax with a few hundred liters of Pepsi Holiday Spice.
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 9:30 AM on March 10, 2005


That is a strange thread to spawn you're-a-shill suspicion.

It was more of a case of a post leaving a bad taste in people's mouth (heh) and it being used as an example of ShillFilter thereafter, even though it wasn't actually a shill.
posted by me3dia at 9:33 AM on March 10, 2005


I got the unofficial wiki to load, but it's all about adult webcams.
posted by atchafalaya at 10:37 AM on March 10, 2005


I just read about Ashlee in us weekly. Those guys at the football game were total jerks
posted by Hands of Manos at 12:14 PM on March 10, 2005


I'm sorry... did somebody say my name?
posted by Turd Ferguson at 12:28 PM on March 10, 2005


A "Pepsi Blue" callout is some people's way of enlightening the rest of us that a link might have some kind of tangential link to the advertising industry.

Because most of us are too busy hurrying to Wal-Mart in our SUV's so we can max out our credit cards to notice.
posted by Cyrano at 8:42 PM on March 10, 2005


So..... is Pepsi Blue passe?
posted by dabitch at 4:45 AM on March 11, 2005


Everything is passé, my dear. But please don't think that'll stop anyone for an instant.
posted by crunchland at 6:37 AM on March 11, 2005


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