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1999
'Whoa, twenty-two in two hours!' 'Your site got twenty-two hundred hits in two hours?' 'No. Twenty-two. But still, that's like half the people on the internet!'
Title text: 'Whoa, twenty-two in two hours!' 'Your site got twenty-two hundred hits in two hours?' 'No. Twenty-two. But still, that's like half the people on the internet!'

Explanation

Ambox notice.png This explanation may be incomplete or incorrect: This needs a deeper explain on that Flash bullsh.
If you can address this issue, please edit the page! Thanks.

This comic is a parody of the movie The Social Network, changed to feature Zombo.com. Zombo.com, also known as Zombocom, is a website that was created in 1999 and using only Flash animations. Randall, like many others more, still don't like this technique at all. The animation consists of a circle of quickly pulsating dots and a friendly deep male voice repeatedly welcoming the visitor to "Zombocom" and explaining that there was no limit to what could be done at the site, or rather, no limit except yourself. The message repeats while, ironically, there is absolutely nothing that can be done at the site.

Turn on your speakers and check zombo.com for yourself.

The title text could also be a reference to the fact that, back in 1999, there weren't really that many people on the internet.

Transcript

It's easy to forget, as we heap awards on The Social Network,
That before there was Facebook, MySpace, or even Friendster...
One website dreamed bigger than them all.
[Cueball and another are talking.]
Cueball: People like doing stuff. So why not build a website that offers that?
Another: Offers what? What would I do there?
Cueball: Anything! The only limit is yourself!
[Another scene. Hacker, wearing headphones and oblivious, working at computer. Cueball runs in to interrupt; Another holds him back.]
Cueball: Hey, we need more—
Another: Don't–he's wired in.
Hacker: The infinite is possible.
Another: Or baked. It's hard to tell.
[Cueball and another at table in bar.]
Cueball: It's time to monetize. We could make millions!
Another: No way. A million dollars isn't cool. You know what's cool?
Cueball: A billio–
Another: Circles.
[Long shot in bar. Drinks on table in foreground; dim figures in doorway in background; Cueball, alone, shouting into the distance.]
Cueball: Hey–a tip: drop the dot.
Cueball: Just "Zombocom".
Cueball: It's cleaner.


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Discussion

Not sure if this is of any importance, however after examining Zombocom's HTML I found a comment: "Please Visit 15footstick.com our other website. ThankZ" -- ‎184.75.117.227 (talk) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Has this article seriously gone for a total of 357 days WITHOUT AN EXPLANATION? 108.162.216.45 07:48, 18 November 2013 (UTC)

I guess everyone must have been busy doing unlimited things on Zombocom. 173.245.48.60 03:32, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

Help, I can't view the glory of Zombocom.rofl because I no longer have flash installed! Has anybody in the past 16 years bothered to render this into HTML5? Like, just churn it through Swiffy or something? :o 199.27.129.53 01:17, 5 November 2015 (UTC)

Yup: http://www.html5zombo.com/ Crh23 (talk) 13:23, 12 January 2016 (UTC)