Memes morph and evolve to suit the audience that views it especially on Facebook where it takes on different characteristics based on social groups, geographical locations, and even political affiliations.
Facebook wants users to spend more time talking about things in the news, but it’s also banking on celebrity worship to drive user engagement and bring in advertising dollars.
The newest heir to the throne — a boy — came into the world today at at 4:24 p.m. weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. Although his parents have yet to announce his name, the son of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge was a trending topic on Twitter today and inspired a great deal of fan art on Tumblr and Pinterest as well. On Facebook, there were more than one million global mentions of the royal birth. Here are a few of our favorite memes.
There’s a serious deficiency of real birds on Twitter: a lot of Tweets without any feathers. That’s why I am promoting the handle @hungrybirds: Tweets generated by real birds feasting on real lard keyboards.
It’s a sign of the times when Obama gets mocked on Tumblr faster than you can say lawsuit. That’s right, the NCLU might be suing the administration, but not before Tumblr gets to do some PR damage.
If public ridicule memes suggest that the sun may soon set on a tech boom, it may be time to sell your stocks. A Tumblr called Jesus Christ, Silicon Valley, is gaining attention after appearing in late March to offer a scathing critique of the oft-attacked Dave Morin.
It’s official: Everyone wants to be a platform. And we do mean everyone.
Two dance crazes swept the internet in the last year: Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” a highly polished music video with an international flavor; and “The Harlem Shake,” a low-budget nerd-fest that had nothing to do with the titular neighborhood, but was fun to watch. Both were insanely popular and parodied many times over. This infographic from UK-based agency Face compares the two memes and shows how the videos spread over social media.
Anything can happen when a video goes viral on YouTube. Just ask comedian Lucas Cruikshank, whose 2008 debut of his Fred Figglehorn character on the video-sharing site helped launch his television career. But just like the one-hit wonders on the radio, some video stars disappear as quickly as they came. What ever happened to teen pop star Rebecca Black, whose catchy song, “Friday,” prompted just as much ridicule as it did praise? See how these and other YouTubers have fared over time in this infographic by VIXY.net.
This infographic attempts to explain the greatest mystery of the internet: why are we so obsessed with cats? It traces cat lovers all the way back to ancient Egypt and shows how Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub, and numerous other unwitting pets rose to relative fame. Is it all a cat conspiracy to control the world or are the little guys really as affectionate as they seem when you’re wearing nice pants and they need a place to sit?