NewsCorp buys SixApart for $1.2 billion
Yes I made this headline up, just like the folks at CoolTechZone made up a story that Microsoft had purchased Opera a couple of days after someone else suggested it would be a good idea. Surely this will go down as the biggest and best link whoring scam of 2005. Slashdot, ZDNet, Memeorandum, all your favorite tech bloggers…..so many links in such a small space of time. Brilliant, and yet evil all at the same time.
I even bought it. So I linked to um saying Microshaft bought Opera for 1 Billion Dollars. It smelled fishy but why not have fun with it.
it was too much of a coincidence for me given someone else had suggested in was a good idea only a couple of days before hand. I just cant get over how many people fell for it.
Didn’t I run this story earlier in the year?
FROM: RUPERT MURDOCH
DEAR SIR / MADAM,
I AM RUPERT MURDOCH, OWNER OF THE COMPANY NEWS CORP. THIS LETTER MIGHT SURPRISE YOU BECAUSE WE HAVE NOT MET NEITHER IN PERSON NOR BY CORRESPONDENCE. I CAME TO KNOW OF YOU IN MY SEARCH FOR A RELIABLE AND REPUTABLE PERSON TO HANDLE A VERY CONFIDENTIAL BUSINESS TRANSACTION, WHICH INVOLVES THE TRANSFER OF A HUGE SUM OF MONEY TO AN ACCOUNT REQUIRING MAXIMUM CONFIDENCE.
I AM WRITING YOU PRIMARILY TO SEEK YOUR ASSISTANCE IN ACQUIRING BLOGGING COMPANY SIXAPART. I WOULD BESEECH YOU TO TRANSFER A SUM EQUALING ONE BILLION DOLLARS TO OUR ACCOUNT TO AID IN THIS IMPORTANT VENTURE.
I KNOW THAT A TRANSACTION OF THIS MAGNITUDE WOULD MAKE ANYONE APPREHENSIVE AND WORRIED. BUT I AM ASSURING YOU THAT ALL WILL BE WELL AT THE END OF THE DAY. A BOLD STEP TAKEN SHALL NOT BE REGRETTED, I ASSURE YOU. PLEASE DO BE INFORMED THAT THIS BUSINESS TRANSACTION IS 100% LEGAL.
I PRAY THAT YOU UNDERSTAND OUR PLIGHT.
SINCERELY WITH WARM REGARDS,
Hahaha – that may be the best comment of the year!
That is the best comment of the century. Hilarious.
rofl :-) brilliant!
This story smelled of stinking fish the moment I spotted it. Naturally, I ignored it. Ho hummmm. :-)
I *knew* I shouldn’t have replied to that guy’s email.
My New Year’s resolution is to take all the trillions I’ve made in contextual advertising as a professional blogger and blog network media mogul and buy Microsoft. No, Yahoo. No, AwfOL. No, Jackofallblogs!! Heh heh.