This work provides examples of:
- A Friend in Need: When Dan's mother has a stroke and becomes paralyzed, his friends all help take care of her.
- Artifact Title: The main cast all quit Microsoft relatively early on in the book and never go back
- Brick Joke: The Marilyn Monroe wig.
- Dance Party Ending: Sort of, the last entry is about the night Dan and his friends attempted to recreate a Pink Floyd stage show with laser pointers for his disabled mother
- Dead Little Sister: Jed casts a long shadow over Dan's family
- Heroic Safe Mode: It's implied that Dan's dad has been in this state ever since his little brother died. He was using his work at IBM to defer the grief of Jed's passing, and when he gets laid off early in the book he can defer it no longer and has a Tear Jerker of a breakdown.
- Limited Social Circle
- Mood Whiplash: Dan's dad in mourning for Jed after losing his IBM job is followed up with an entry that consists essentially of "Went to Boeing surplus, bought zinc".
- Mythology Gag: The random words Dan inputs into his computer and the housemate's Jeopardy dream categories would appear again (though differently) in jPod.
- Quirky Household: In the beginning of the book, five of the characters live in a group house, which Abe has been renting for years despite having boatloads of money from Microsoft stock. Dan's description of it is very telling of their nerdy quirks.
- Production Foreshadowing Dan notices Karla never seems to talk to or about her family. She only tells him they're psychotic. Dan quips that all families are psychotic.
- Spiritual Successor: Microserfs has one in Coupland's 2006 novel jPod.
- True Companions
- 24 Hour Party People: Susan's vesting party contains these people in rare literary form.