The YouTube Insult Generator Makes Trolling Easy

By Megan O'Neill 

When it comes to YouTube, trolls rule.  At least in the comments department.  On many popular videos you’ll find disparaging comments and insults topping the comments, many with tens and even hundreds of thumbs ups to their names.  That’s where The YouTube Insult Generator comes in.

The YouTube Insult Generator, created by Adrian Holovaty, helps you craft the perfect insulting comment no matter what the subject of the video is.  Of course, it’s important to point out that Holovaty’s project focuses on a specific type of insulting comment—the comment that pokes fun at people who have “disliked” a video.

I’m sure you’ve seen these comments before—they take on the form “[Number of dislikes] people [Insult].”  The insult is basically a humorous explanation for why people disliked the video.  If you’re unfamiliar with this format, Holovaty provides the following example.  A commenter wrote on a video of Steve Jobs introducing the first iPod, “439 people own a zune.”  There were, at the time the comment was written, 439 people that disliked the video.

Holovaty describes his project, The YouTube Insult Generator, as a “search engine for insults.”  You simply input a topic (i.e. dogs, cats, Mario Brothers, etc.) and you’ll get a variety of results in the above format.  “For example,” writes Holovaty, “enter ‘The Godfather’ and it’ll give you ‘You sleep with the fishes,’ ‘You sleeps with horsehead in bed’ and ‘You will get an offer you can’t refuse.”  These can then be slightly changed to fit your needs.  For instance, if 536 people disliked a Godfather trailer you could write, “536 people sleep with the fishes.”  Get it?  Fun, eh?

Holovaty points out that he didn’t intend for this project to be taken literally.  It was more of an experiment in using YouTube’s API to make sense of the crazy world of YouTube comments.  “I mean, I don’t expect people to use this, at face value, to create insults.  The larger point is that it’s a demonstration of finding structured data in unexpected places.  I think we should experiment more with this sort of ‘poor man’s data mining’ on things like YouTube comments.”

If you’re looking for more general comments, check out the Random YouTube Insult Generator, a different service brought you by Train of Thought Sketch Comedy, that feeds you a random insult at the click of a button.  Now you don’t have to tire your brain thinking of random (and sometime illiterate) YouTube insults like “get your hair cut fatty” or “I hate everyone whose wutchd this.”

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.