Know Your Meme – The Pulse of Internet Culture

Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2010 by

hnowyourmeme Know Your Meme – When I come across an interesting, funny or compelling video on the web, I never keep it to myself. Like everyone else, I share it around with friends and family. The billions of Internet users these days (you and me included) navigate and interact on the net on a daily basis. The inevitable result is the unintentional establishment of Internet or Cyber Culture, constructed and reconstructed by the transference of memes. What are memes anyway? According to Wikipedia, Internet meme is a phrase used to describe a catchphrase or concept that spreads quickly from person to person via the Internet.

Know Your Meme tries to keep up with the dynamic world of memes and viral trends on the Web by “documenting Internet phenomena: viral videos, image macros, catchphrases, web celebs and more… [It is] a web series and online database dedicated to documenting Internet culture, one scientismic investigation at a time.” In practical terms, when you click on a meme, you’ll see a profile-like page listing the meme’s origin, the meme itself (photo or video), a graph of ‘Interest over Time’ and comments submitted by users. It’s a great tracking tool for all the viral info circulating the web. To see some examples of Know Your Meme, click on the video and pictures below – my personal favorites.

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