We've all seen them floating about on social media channels, Memes, love them or hate them, they are here to stay. Done well, a Meme can make me laugh out loud, but done badly, I'm left feeling that that meme filled up space in my brain that could have be used for something entirely more useful.
The popularity of Memes has been around since about 1995, but you may remember in 2005, when the cute little chap, known as the 'Success Kid' (below) made an appearance and quickly became very popular, Memes can be successful in marketing as well, think of Virgin Media's advertising campaign using the 'Success Kid'.
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What Exactly is a Meme?
An Internet meme is basically an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media, which spreads from person to person via the Internet, from an image, hyperlink, video, website, or hashtag. It could just a word or phrase (including an intentional misspelling) or a popular blog, such as the "People of Walmart".
Four Popular Memes
Below are some of the more popular and memorable memes you've probably seen popping up on twitter or your facebook feed over the years.
Grumpy Cat or Tardar Sauce, is a cat and internet celebrity known for her very grumpy facial expression, often used in Memes as the face of Sarcasm and negativity. #GrumpyCat