- Billie Eilish fans riot after being referred to as ‘Avocados’ 6 Years Ago
- Beyhive coming for Sainsbury’s supermarket over Ivy Park shade Today 3:17 PM
- Antique store blasted for selling ‘white only’ signs Today 1:45 PM
- DaBaby explains altercation with hotel employee after video goes viral Today 12:32 PM
- Kanye faces backlash for headlining Christian event with anti-LGBTQ leaders Today 10:31 AM
- Why is Yennefer of Vengerberg so different in Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’? Today 10:00 AM
- Actress slammed for ‘acid attack-face’ TikTok challenge Today 9:46 AM
- ‘Weathering With You’ blends fantasy and realism in a magical love story Saturday 6:18 PM
- Kidnapped teen used Snapchat to get rescued Saturday 4:35 PM
- What fans do and don’t want to see in future ‘Far Cry’ installments Saturday 4:26 PM
- Aaron Carter accused of stealing lion art for merch Saturday 3:10 PM
- Instagram’s hidden like counts were inspired by a ‘Black Mirror’ episode Saturday 2:06 PM
- Student says they were expelled for tricking teacher into making inappropriate TikTok Saturday 12:26 PM
- Space Force uniforms relentlessly mocked, memed Saturday 10:52 AM
- Man flamed after admitting he called police on Target employee over a toothbrush Saturday 9:10 AM
‘Bob’ and his tank become the mascots of the anti-Google+ movement
This stick figure has become the face of the revolt against YouTube’s new comment system.
Like Gen. George S. Patton at the Battle of the Bulge, a man known only as “Bob” is leading thousands of tanks into the heat of combat. Only this battle is being fought online, and Bob’s foe is the unflinching behemoth Google.
Oh, and Bob is an ASCII-art stick figure.
On Nov. 7, Google began requiring YouTube users to sign into Google+ before commenting on videos. The new feature was quietly rolled out while the world gawked at Twitter’s initial public offering. Most of the backlash against the change has focused around anonymity, since Google+ requires people to use their real names.
High profile YouTubers like AlphaOmegaSin have created videos condemning the change. A Change.org petition imploring Google to rollback the feature has collected 134,000 digital signatures. And a day after the changes were made, Jawed Karim, who founded the video hosting site with Chad Hurley and Steven Chen in 2005, spoke out against Google+ in his first YouTube comment in eight years.
The most interesting form of retaliation against Google has been through a grassroots campaign called “Bob is building an army.”
Over the past 48 hours, YouTubers have blanketed the comments sections of some of the Internet’s biggest videos with ASCII art of a tank and a man hoisting his arm up in the air.
“Bob is building an army,” the caption reads. “This tank and Bob are against Google+. Copy and paste this all over YouTube if you are with us.”
So far we’ve seen the ASCII art in the comment sections of videos from Justin Bieber, Psy, and Lady Gaga. (Click to enlarge.)
Another “air support” variation of the ASCII art has also been seen in the comment section for Ylvis’s “The Fox.”
Google has yet to respond to Bob’s demands.
Fernando Alfonso III served as an early Reddit and 4chan reporter and the Daily Dot’s first art director until 2016. He’s gone on to report at Lexington’s Herald-Leader and at the Houston Chronicle.