Taking RickRolling to a New Level


Friday, April 4th, 2008 — 4:06pm PST
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In recent weeks have you been forwarded a link by a trusted friend, colleague or contact only to have a YouTube version of “Never Gonna Give You Up” appear and auto-play in its place? If so, you’ve been Rick Roll’d.

Rick Roll: When what you think is a link to something you want to see actually directs you to a video of Rick Astley singing “Never Gonna Give You Up.”[Urban Dictionary]

I think the ultimate RickRoll master of the Metro Vancouver are has got to be John Biehler, he’s got me about 4 times already – one of which was in a comment on Alexa’s photo.


Photo Credit: hotmayo on Flickr

John said Adam Curry RickRoll’d listeners of the Daily Source Code the other day as well, but leave it to those clever folks in England who have now stepped it up another notch with “Rick Mob“:

Here’s a date for your diary – Friday 11th April, Liverpool Street Station, the plan is to be there for 6pm and sing the Astley classic Never Going To Give You – to effectively combine flashmobbing and rickrolling into one horrific combo, and rickroll an entire train station. [Going Underground]

In an LA Times interview Astley was pretty much wondering why anyone would want to hear such ‘cheese’ (or ‘naff’ as he puts it), and seemed most concerned about it embarrassing his daughter. Nevertheless, if you’ve been RickRoll’d, I know how you feel.

[Thanks to Roland for the heads up on the flash mob.]

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8 comments

  1. Take it one step further. Thanks to John Gruber’s suggestion there’s a URL shortening service at http://www.rickroll.it so you no longer have to use Tiny URL.

  2. thanks for the rickrolling attribution 🙂

  3. phaedra says:

    haha, this is awesome!

  4. John says:

    Indirect rickroll’s FTW!

    It could have been worse….I could have sent you the rick roll site that takes over your browser with popup alerts that loop through the song lyrics.

  5. Maktaaq says:

    How weird, I actually kinda still like this song. But then, I am the correct demographic to remember this song when it was big.

  6. Keira-Anne says:

    I can’t believe I Rick Roll’d you – so sly and sneaky. You never saw it coming…

    😉

  7. […] week ago I wrote about a RickRoll flash mob taking place on April 11th in Liverpool St Station at 6:00pm. Seeing as how that’s 8 hours […]

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