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July 19, 2007 | Tate Linden
The folks over at Igor's Snark Hunting site have been sending us a bit of traffic due to the fact that our site may have had a bit of social networking overkill.

We have a popular post here from February that discusses and rates the trends in Web 2.0 naming and might be of interest to you.

But if you're clicking through just to see the offending links you're going to be disappointed. We'd been quite fond of them as they were colorful, pretty, and acted as a nice visual indicator that one post was ending and another was beginning. (Okay, so when I think about it a bit more I've gotta agree they were just clutter and there for absolutely no reason at all... but still... It made me feel popular. Or at least potentially popular.)

Sadly, I have thin skin (and little talent) when it comes to my blog-designing skills so I have put my tail betwixt my legs and removed the ninety-dozen links that got the hump-backs on my case.

I was going to say something witty here about the hatin' being directed at us due to Igor's fear of fire, but realized just before I hit the "publish" button that Mary Shelley might've risen from the dead to correct me.

So, Igorians... if you think of any appropriate comebacks you can feel free to pretend they were hurled by us and be suitably humbled and intimidated.

Yeah. We roll like that.

Maybe it'll have something to do with 'stooping to your level' (Oooh snap!) Though we'd appreciate it if you could make it a bit more witty and significantly less obvious.

We'd be more agressively peeved if it weren't for the fact that they called us "an actual blog" - thus alleviating our fears that we were only hypothetically a blog, or worse, only metaphorically blog-like. Here's to hoping that the "actualness" of our blog was not inextricably linked to our abundance of clicky bookmark art.

Anyhow, thanks for the tip, Igorians. You're enabling positive change from afar.

And maybe... just maybe... tomorrow I'll be back writing about names and stuff.
steve manning July 19, 2007 11:07 AM

That post was written by hateful robot Jay Jurisich, not by me. It's Jay's first post in 3 years, so something set him off. Not to worry about Mary Shelley, in her novel the good doctor had no assistant -- Igor is purely a cinamatic creation.

Jeffry Pilcher July 19, 2007 12:14 PM

I just save URLs in iGoogle now.

Tate Linden July 19, 2007 1:47 PM

...And Jay seemed like such a nice guy when we met.
But now I blame Steve for making me look like a fool for forgetting Igor wasn't a literary figure.
What's next? Let me guess... Someone will tell me that Simon Bar Sinister's sidekick wasn't actually named Cad in the classic novels. (And yes, that *is* a reference to Underdog, thank you.)

Jay Jurisich July 19, 2007 1:58 PM

Hey Steve, you can't steal my "hateful robot" name for you -- that's trademark protected. I'll see you in court, where they've installed a permanent bench with your name on it.
Tate -- I miss all the pretty icons on your site. When are you going to put them back up?


Tate Linden July 19, 2007 5:59 PM

Jay - Quit playing with my emotions, man. You're harder to please than my... nevermind. I'm not going there.
Jeff - I do something similar. I think we got a bit of traffic early on, but for the last few months we've not had a single click on those icons. Better to let people do their own thing.