SAN FRANCISCO, CA – According to numerous sources around the Internet and my Inbox, the popular site Authonomy has been attacked by what appears to be a flash mob led by someone codenamed Klazart, which is overwhelming Authonomy servers and distressing numerous Authonomy followers.
According to reader John Minichillo, Klzart is the author of the book LESSER SINS. The novel quickly rose to the top Authonomy’s rankings in only a few days, backed by the author’s legion of fans, who were spurred to log in and vote for it via a YouTube video.
Authonomy employs a user-generated method of ranking titles, and theoretically the ones who generate the most esteem from other members of the ardently passionate community rise to the top, where they are supposedly reviewed by Harper UK editors.
Blog commenter Trashy Cowgirl sums up thusly: “A group of gamers following a guy who calls himself Klazart, flashmobbed the site. He is backed by 880 people, and on 233 watchlists. He is now ranked ninth. Not bad considering he only posted his ms on the 19th. Of course the flood managed to jam the site and create an enormous uproar.”
Such a big uproar, apparently, that as of this writing I can’t even open the Authonomy website.
According to Minichillo, Klazart is popular in the Internet gaming community for “narrating videos of Starcraft tournaments and popular players.”
Further research conducted by your intrepid reporter shows that Startcraft is apparently a video game. Who knew!
Klazart’s actions apparently caused Authonomy’s zealous nongaming followers to go completely bananas in the forums.
Is this the future of user-generated aggregators or will this be a hiccup along the way? Should we begrudge Mr. Klazart his Starcraft-backed following?
UPDATE: “Klazart” weighed in in the comments section. His real name is Vineet and he’s a nice guy. It wasn’t a flash mob per se, and Authonomy’s shutdown doesn’t seem to be (or at least shouldn’t be) related to his followers joining the site. Authonomy posted a statement clarifying matters and confirming that Klazart/Vineet didn’t break any rules.