aku-aku: v.. To move a tall, flat bottomed object (such as a bookshelf) by swiveling it alternatively on its corners in a "walking" fashion. [After the book by Thor Heyerdahl theorising the statues of Easter Island were moved in this fashion.] source: LangMaker.com. Aku Aku also has another meaning to the islanders: a spiritual guide.
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Posted by dav at 2004 April 14 08:06 PM
File under: Funny

I once told Anil about a blog entry I posted regarding Michael Jackson that ended up becoming innundated with comments from people who have strong feelings about the King of Pop. Anil says that most everyone he knows has a blog posting that has become a community.

Since then I've thought it would be nice to try and put together a list of these accidental spontaneous communities. Today BoingBoing points to another one: Boing Boing: Fools think Bill Gates is reading about their pleas for money.

Gadgetopia's Deane Barker sez: "Check out the comments on this thread. I posted this note about Bill Gates' philanthropy. There are dozens of comments from people who apparently think Bill Gates posted it and will give them money. It's fascinating to read -- what are these people thinking? "

I haven't read all the comments, but just going by my own experience I can predict that there will be people pretending to be Bill Gates who dole out sincere gratitude and advice on behalf of the billionaire and the comments from the confused visitors will be just a little bit sad in their foolishness.

Comments:

The three "unintended communities" on my blog include a post on Japanese racism, a post on the illustrator Chris Van Allsburg, and a post on Samoan tautaus (tatoos.)

Posted by: gen on April 14, 2004 10:36 PM

This is definitely one of my favorites, at Parker Thompson's site:
http://www.parkert.com/mypics/spain/flamenco/

(believe it or not he's actually edited out a ton of them. not sure why he would bother...)

Posted by: Sean on April 15, 2004 12:10 AM

From Joi's site, the two most active entries, comments wise are:
1- about GPS jammers (people asking for diagrams)
http://joi.ito.com/archives/2002/12/29/low_cost_gps_jammer.html
2- MP3 player for Nokia 6600 (the post was about moblogging.. go figure)
http://joi.ito.com/archives/2004/02/12/moblogging_from_the_nokia_6600_with_atom_api.html

There is also an ongoing raging debate about the health risks of Diet Coke with quite regular comments. And others... ;)

Posted by: Boris Anthony on April 15, 2004 03:23 AM

This is not a HUGE unintended community but it is a very strange one:
http://www.cheesebikini.com/archives/000206.html

Note that the first comment on this post didn't appear until more than a year after the post appeared, and now a whole slew of comments continues to be posted there, the latest appearing this morning.

They all come from separate IP addresses so I don't think they're from the same person (w/ the exception of two people who each commented twice).

My theory is that with every new boneheaded comment along these lines, there are more search terms added that will attract boneheads googling for misspelled childish sex terms... Thereby attracting more comments of the same type.

-Sean

Posted by: sean on June 3, 2004 09:48 AM

Just found another one over at danah's blog. This one is full of mutants.

http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/archives/2001/02/26/mutant.html

Posted by: Dav on June 28, 2004 05:29 PM

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