30 Nov 2006

The Russian bear has conquered the Internet

Big part of Russian Internet is affected with big epidemic. A picture with bear in the woods and naked man and woman appears in all social networks.

Somebody named Lobzz published a picture with bear that welcomes two people relaxing in the woods. An author of collage didn't change anything on the picture he just changed remark Surprise!" which was the original on Preved! (that in Russian means HELLO with changed last letter like HELOW!).

This picture was not very popular until national love and popularity came down on it. At the beginning the picture was presented as children's illustration. Than an author and the original of illustration were found. Turned out that the author is American actor, composer and, as was discovered, painter John Lurie.

After that in Livejournal.com community ru_preved was created by user saint_erasty on which more than thousands of people subscribed during few days. Hundreds of variations of collage on bears, helow and two people enjoying each other topics appear over the Internet every day.

Besides this, over the Internet quickly begun to register domains with name preved. For today three such sites are known - preved.ru, preved.org and preved.com, but they are empty for now. A domain PREVED.RU was bought for 20 $ yesterday and was sold for 1500 $ in a few days later. And it is a lot of money to Russian measures.

A word PREVED (HELOW) became popular and its statistics over the Internet begun to grow every day.

Date In blogs Over the net
1 February 0 3
2 February 1 5
3 February 1 6
4 February 1 7
5 February 3 7
6 February 2 10
7 February 1 3
8 February 5 13
9 February 14 12
10 February 5 13
11 February 14 36
12 February 12 11
13 February 8 24
14 February 95 23
15 February 223 12
16 February 182 ?
17 February 199 ?
18 February 219 ?
19 February 577 883
20 February 242 2390
21 February 282 2744
Detailed calculations show that in present time number of using of PREVED is growing in average for 17 % each day!!!

Russians bought Digg.com

Earlier domain Digg.com belonged to Russians. You can easily see it having used WayBack Machine archive that allows you to see how did site looked in the past. From that Digg.com sites pages that preserved in archive you can see that in 2000 and 2001 years site belonged to Russians and presented senseless catalogue.

That is how this site looked like.

Apparently, that same Russians didnt know what to do with this site and that is why they just crammed in many exile on everything from finances till tourism. After that site didnt work for three years that is why there is no records in archive. And than in 2004 Digg.com became American.

Yeah, Russians or drunk away or get lost what ever you give them. They dont know how to work at all. But Americans fine fellows in this question. They just took Russian site and made it popular.