For those who got RickRoll'd on April Fool's

>> Wednesday, April 1, 2009

The Guardian explains the perils of overusing the RickRoll:

I have to say that the practice of rickrolling puts you onto the slippery slope. You go into a form of debt. Once you start rickrolling people, and more importantly get a reputation for it, you're heading towards being the Zimbabwean dollar in the link economy: it doesn't matter how many you offer, people just aren't going to buy them...

And it's also the essential risk of malware and phishing: if we place too much trust in the source of a link, we can get bitten, badly. It's the equivalent of being passed a dud £20 note.

Now, I know that the the problem with what I'm saying is that it sounds like a recipe for being really boring and humdrum. Links, links, links. I'm not really; the rickroll has a value, to spike peoples' inflated expectations, or remind them — wittily — of their weaknesses: when I've been caught it's because someone's said "wow, photo of [insert much-expected event or product]!" And even though I've known it's impossible, because it's a product that will never happen (the mythical Mac tablet), I've followed it. Bzzt. On the electric fence.

But you know that person who tells the bad jokes again and again? Don't be that person.



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