Web Site Story – CollegeHumor video pokes fun at trendiest Web sites

Story of our lives, huh?

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There’s something about memes (part 1 of ?)

Memes – love them or hate them, they’ve been around forever. But, due to the critical mass in social media, some people are just beginning to discover them in earnest. Thanks to some of Facebook’s newer functionalities the ’25 Things’ meme has had some new life breathed into it. So much so, even TIME and Newsweek wrote about it earlier this month.

It occurred to me that now is as good a time as any to explore memes in more depth. Have you ever wondered what exactly a meme was anyway?

A lot of memes take the form of surveys or lists that will ask you to do things such as list 10 things you love that start with the letter “M” or, like a Cosmo quiz, will rate how girly you are based on your answers to questions such as “Do you go tanning?”  and “Do you paint  your nails?” Other memes are harder to define or even explain.

Case in point: Barack Obama’s inauguration took place  in front of the Capitol Building on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 where Aretha Franklin performed decked out in a particular hat.

Tell'em Aretha!

Tell'em Aretha!

The general public and the media was abuzz about the hat. Thanks to BuzzFeed, the truly obsessed  started editing pictures of the hat on themselves, their dogs, even the Capitol Building itself! And thus a new meme was born.

Stephen Colbert likes hats!

Stephen Colbert likes hats!

So do these little guys!

So do these little guys!

The Capitol Building is definitely rocking the hat!

The Capitol Building is definitely rocking the hat!

 Do you understand memes yet? I’ll be putting out a continuation of this post soon-ish. I could have probably defined a meme and its potential applications for our clients in just one post, but it’s way more fun to show off  pictures while I’m at it, right?

OMG. I feel like such a nerd for laughing at this, but…

… it’s kind of hilarious. OK, it’s really hilarious (if you’re a social media junkie, i.e., nerd). This was acutally linked in a B-M Digital e-newsletter back in June, but I just now got around to watching it. I was laughing to myself out loud. Seriously. :)

Enjoy! (and it’s not quite over when credits hit…naturally. We all know how this story ends!)

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(Video: Social Networking Wars // Current tv)

Posted by Jes!