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The Rise of the Memes

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'.

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

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

No No No No

This is a video of a Russian Cat, who is freaking out over seeing a child for the first time, and it appears as though the cat is saying No, No, No repeatly, giving it a human like quality.

The Star Wars Kid

Ghyslain Raza, a Canadian teenager filmed himself pretend fighting using his Highschool equipment, he forgot to take out the tape and three of his classmates found and disrupted the video online. Which resulted in 1,000's of edited verisions of the video including the most famous of all, transposing the Golf stick with a light saber.

Chuck Norris

The over exaggeration of Chuck Norris' super human ability is hilarious, I love these and could write a blog just purely dedicated to Chuck Norris memes! #ILoveChuckNorris

Memes are probably not going to die down in popularity any time soon, as they seem to have taken on a life of their own and have been doing the rounds since as early as 1995, some are clever, some a stupid and some are downright rude, but whatever the latest craze is you can be sure there will already be a Meme appearing on your social media feeds.

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