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Where Do Memes Come From? The Top Platforms From 2010-2022

Where Do Memes Come From? The Top Platforms From 2010-2022

From the rise of TikTok to the fall of Tumblr, from the green-texted halls of 4chan to the doomed paradise of Vine, from the most boomer Facebook page to the most niche Gen Z Instagram account, Know Your Meme has seen it all. But what does it all mean? In many ways, the history of internet culture has yet to be told. It all happened fairly recently and the internet can be difficult to analyze. It’s enormous, records get deleted quickly and platforms are less than transparent about how decisions get made and algorithms function. The social web is everywhere — by our bedsides as we wake, in our pockets as we walk around, at our workplaces when we’re pretending to be productive, in our intrusive thoughts, at the table during family dinner and even in our dreams. Somehow, a place where you could post funny faces on image forums transformed into a place where people will pay a million dollars for a picture of a monkey they can’t even hold in their hands. It’s important to know how that happened, so let’s take a look at the internet’s evolution, as seen through memes, over the last decade-plus. Breaking Down A Decade-Plus Of Meme Origin Data To truly understand how the internet changed over time, it’s crucial to pay attention to the culture that runs through it. Memes are symbols that provide a window into what is culturally significant during a given timeframe, acting as key indicators for how social media ecosystems work. By looking at the number of memes recorded for each platform by Know Your Meme annually, we can follow the rise and fall of different social media platforms and gauge their relative influence over digital culture at different moments in their history. Through memes, we can help to tell the story of the social internet and how it became what we see today. Using numbers from our database on entry origins, we produced charts showing the top platforms memes originated on from 2010 onwards. For the purposes of this investigation, we sampled 700-1,400 memes each year. Our archival methods are generally effective, but not perfect, as sometimes we are unable to find an origin (either because it’s been deleted or is inaccessible) and sometimes we also miss a meme or misattribute them to only the first known origin. That being said, we spent time cleaning things up and filtering out any inconsistencies. The internet you logged into in 2012 or even 2019 is not the same place as the one you’re browsing right now. Hopefully, these charts and data can tell part of the story of how and why it changed. So without further ado, let’s jump into the world of memes circa 2010 and work our way up to the present day. Where Did Memes Come From In 2010? (YouTube and 4chan dominate 2010 meme origins, each holding about a third, but smaller websites and many imageboards take up the last third.) The lion’s share of meme origins recorded on the site in 2010 come from YouTube and 4chan. YouTube, launched in 2005, is one of the most iconic social sharing sites out there — it’s the site that arguably taught everyone what “viral” meant.  » Read More

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