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Remember Merton, the Chatroulette Piano Guy? He’s Still Here!

Remember “Merton,” Chatroulette’s breakout star? The funny improv piano player who wasn’t Ben Folds but who inspired Ben Folds to create his own Merton tribute and…

Hrm. This seemed like super-interesting stuff a few months ago. But Chatroulette’s buzz, and perhaps its traffic, is dying down. And while Merton is still a little mysterious–unless I’m missing it, he has yet to actually identify himself–he’s no longer of the moment. And when he puts out a new video, no one cares.

Okay, so not no one–this clip, Merton’s third, has racked up more than 336,000 views since Friday. But here’s a telling data point: Mashable, the reliable chronicler of all things Merton, has yet to acknowledge the new clip.

The good news for Merton is that he may be able to extract a few dollars out of this thing before it goes away completely. If you watch the clip below (there is indeed some swearing) or visit his channel on Google’s (GOOG) YouTube, you’ll see he has started selling ads on this stuff. Hurry up!

And if you have another 5 minutes, I still really, really enjoy the first Ben Folds Merton tribute:

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik