ZombieURL

For the last few weeks, I’ve been spending every Friday with a small group of brilliant geeks — Rael Dornfest, Asha Dornfest, Chris Anderson, Greg Borenstein, and Adam Greene — for a weekly one-day hackathon. We call it Bottlecap Labs, a place to bounce around ideas, support each other’s work, and occasionally whip up a project.

The first is ZombieURL, a TinyURL-clone with a twist.

Put in a URL, send it to a friend, and enjoy. Keep a camera nearby to capture the fun. (Here’s a Zombie-fied version of Waxy, for example.)

(Warning: We’re not responsible for emotional scarring, concussions, or heart failure as a result of using ZombieURL.)

20 thoughts on “ZombieURL

  1. Ah, sadly not iPhone compatible. Still, this really brings up a lot of ideas for non-prankish tinyurl value-additions, for lack of a better term.

  2. Yep, that’s pretty much it. JQuery for the effects, SoundManager for the audio. The source tells it all.

    Not sure what else you could do with it… Create a soundtrack for a website that doesn’t have one? Mash together two sites? GoatseURL?

  3. I’m running Safari 3.1 (5525.13) on OS X 10.5.2, and the sound didn’t play the first time I tried the link. All subsequent sounds played, but sometimes a moment after the image appears.

    Awesome idea and execution, though!

    A word of advice to pranksters: Try to URL-shrink text-only pages, rather than pages with sound (or sound and video).

  4. hey, that was pretty awesome. My 4 month old daughter sleeping nearby thought differently, but she’ll learn…

  5. LOL – this is awesome.

    I’ve had a live webcam of my (uhhh) front yard for a couple of years – a surprising number of people surf on by to see the (uhhh) excitement.

    Since I’m doing the first lawn mowing of the season this Saturday … I just added a link to the Zombie’fied version on the main page for those coming by for live coverage of this (uhhh) entertaining activity.

    P.S. Tidy says a couple of warnings with your web code/frame wrapper – maybe move the CSS code into the head section (?)

  6. Yeah, we noticed that early on. The New York Times uses Javascript to break out of any frame. We figured if they were that concerned about people framing their content, we shouldn’t try to find a workaround.

  7. Ah! I just came back to reference this for a coworker and the link is dead! Sad times!

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