Friday, February 20, 2009

I Think I've Just Been Trolled

I was on last night (you should check it out), and I came across this one particular fail called Google Fail. Apparently when you type "I am extremely . . ." One of the suggestions given by Google is "I am extremely terrified of chinese people." This gave me pause of course, and the curious person in me made me investigate further. When I did the search on Google, I got a bunch of results talking about this phenomenon on Google. Then I came across a blog by a person who did exactly what I did. He found that the Google results refer to an article called "I am extremely terrified of Chinese people. But I'm not racist."

So I read the article, and I had a couple reactions. First, I thought the author is completely insane. And second, I thought it was funny because of how ridiculous and ignorant it was. The article basically states how China wants to take over the world and eat you and your babies. Yeah, crazy, right? So I started reading people's comments, and most expressed their outrage. People cursed a lot and said some really mean things about the author. I will refrain from opining on whether they were warranted although I was mentally agreeing with them. ;)

Then I came across several comments that said "Trolled" or "You've been trolled" or "I smell a troll." At first, I ignored them because I didn't know what the heck it meant. But finally after seeing the word "troll" ten times, I figured it was a slang for something. So I decided to look up "trolled" on I found that "trolled" means "anyone who fails to recognize a troll and responds to it with anger or annoyance is said to have been 'trolled.'" Huh?!? So I looked up troll. What I found out hit me like a ton of bricks. I realized I've just been trolled!! Troll means "one who posts a deliberately provocative message to a newsgroup or message board with the intention of causing maximum disruption and argument." Haha! That's hilarious! So you see, I was doubly trolled because I went through all that trouble to find that stupid troll! Well, I think it's funny. =p And I learned something new! My lil sis would be so proud of me. She taught me what "fail" meant although I refuse to use the word because it's just not proper English. Those who know the meaning of troll must think I'm an idiot. I am not hip, okay? I admit it.


Tina said...

Some people just have no lives. But it's funny that Tara went through all that trouble and it was just a prank.

Tara said...

No, Tina, it was a troll, not a prank. There's a difference. =p

Laura said...

Yeah, I think I've heard of that before. There's also fake blogs where they say something really deep and a lot of people respond. I accidentally stumbled upon one because I spelled wrong or something. (This was a while ago.) And there was only one post and it was there for years and it said "I am between a rock and a hard place." HAHAHa and million of people commented because I think they stumbled upon the site like me. And some people were like this is fakkeeee. So that's when I learned about that.

Laura said...

Oh yeah! Did you ever hear of other funny things Google does! If you google French military victories, it would come up with "Did you mean: French Military Defeats?" But it doesn't do that anymore. But if you Google imaged that, it'll show pictures of when it did do that. Haha.