Social and cultural phenomena specific to the Internet include Internet memes, such as popular themes, catchphrases, images, viral videos, and jokes. When such fads and sensations occur online, they tend to grow rapidly and become more widespread because the instant communication facilitates word of mouth transmission.

The below partial list focuses more on Internet phenomena that is not restricted by regional Internet laws; other countries such as China or Pakistan do have Internet phenomena specific there that is not blocked by regional laws. These are covered in List of Internet phenomena in China and List of Internet phenomena in Pakistan.

Advertising and products

See also: List of viral music videos § Ads and campaigns

The Shake Weight

Animation and comics

Bongo Cat
Bongo Cat
A group of Polandball characters
A group of Polandball characters
xkcd's "Wikipedian Protester" comic
xkcd's "Wikipedian Protester" comic

Challenges

Main article: List of Internet challenges

A person taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
A person taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
TrashTag Challenge CleanUp – Before TrashTag Challenge
TrashTag Challenge CleanUp – Before TrashTag Challenge

Challenges generally feature Internet users recording themselves performing certain actions, and then distributing the resulting video through social media sites, often inspiring or daring other users to repeat the challenge.

Dance

Two screenshots from before and after the drop in a Harlem Shake video
Two screenshots from before and after the drop in a Harlem Shake video

Email

See also: Virus hoax and Chain-letter

Film and television

See also: List of most viewed online trailers in the first 24 hours

Tommy Wiseau of The Room (2003)
The adult brony fandom of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic grew from its 4chan roots.
The adult brony fandom of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic grew from its 4chan roots.

Gaming

Bowsette is a fan-made, gender-swapped version of the Mario franchise character Bowser.
Bowsette is a fan-made, gender-swapped version of the Mario franchise character Bowser.
"The cake is a lie", based on the false promise of a Black Forest cake as a reward, is popularized from the video game series Portal.
"The cake is a lie", based on the false promise of a Black Forest cake as a reward, is popularized from the video game series Portal.
QWOP's title refers to the four keyboard keys used to move the muscles of the sprinter avatar
QWOP's title refers to the four keyboard keys used to move the muscles of the sprinter avatar
An example of a solution from the viral game "Wordle", developed by Josh Wardle.
An example of a solution from the viral game "Wordle", developed by Josh Wardle.

Images

Babylonokia
A Lolcat
A Lolcat
U.S. President Barack Obama jokingly mimics the "McKayla is not impressed" expression in the Oval Office, November 2012.
U.S. President Barack Obama jokingly mimics the "McKayla is not impressed" expression in the Oval Office, November 2012.
Tron Guy

Music

Main article: List of viral music videos

People

Politics

See also: Category:Political Internet memes

The examples and perspective in this section deal primarily with the United States and do not represent a worldwide view of the subject. You may improve this section, discuss the issue on the talk page, or create a new section, as appropriate. (July 2021) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
Amber Lee Ettinger, a.k.a. "Obama Girl"
Amber Lee Ettinger, a.k.a. "Obama Girl"

Videos

Main article: List of viral videos

Other phenomena

The paperclip that Kyle MacDonald converted into a house, after 14 trade-ups
The paperclip that Kyle MacDonald converted into a house, after 14 trade-ups

See also

Notes

  1. ^ A source from 14 January 2019,[305] says that with over 25 million likes, the only online post with more likes than the egg is the "Despacito" YouTube music video with 31 million likes; however, the egg as of March 2019 has 54.5 million likes, making it the most-liked online post of all time

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