Thursday, July 23, 2009

41,132 Rickrolls And Counting

You know about Rickrolling, right? (e.g. Here, this is my theory on quantum physics)


On the Twitter I use a URL-shortening service called It takes long URLs and scrunches them. There are other websites like Tinyurl and the even slightly shorter, but I like using for some reason. (and the other URL-shortening websites, I presume) use some sort of algorithm to reduce URLs to their small form. It really has nothing to do with *who* is requesting the shortened URL -- the smaller URL will be the same.

One thing neat about is it will show you how many clicks have gone through one of their shortened URLs.

Out of curiousity, I picked the most-viewed video of Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" (over 18M views thus far) and'ed it.

I personally want to thank and the other URL-shortening services for making Rickrolling possible.


Matthew Hubbard said...

I believe in Nickrolling, as in Nick Lowe's All Men Are Liars, which includes this important lyric.

Do you remember Rick Astley?
He has a big fat hit, it was ghastly.

Splotchy said...

Brilliant, Matty Boy. Brilliant.

Randal Graves said...

This conversation is ri-bit-ly-ous.