The effort also features a website -- www.subservientchicken.com -- that mimics a live webcam in which the chicken seems to obey users' commands. The site, executed by The Barbarian Group in Boston, has been a pretty hot meme since launching last week, at least judging from the effort people have put in to reverse-engineering it. This site, for example, lists all 334 of the chicken's actions and the words that trigger them -- or did trigger them. Burger King has stayed one step ahead of the bloggers and rerouted all the old links to a shot of the chicken wagging his finger into the camera.
"It's blown up multiple times beyond what I expected," says CP+B executive creative director Alex Bogusky. "We've had things take off before, but this was an explosion." The agency released a beta of the site last Wednesday, and by Thursday, it had drawn a million hits. A week later, it has more than 15 million, in part -- Bogusky speculates -- because people were fascinated by how the live webcam effect was achieved. "I think the fact that people were dissecting it helped it explode," he says.