In Case You Missed It

Location, Location, Location.
November 2, 2009, 12:45 am
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Considering that the Internet is accessible anywhere in the world where you can find a connection and a server, people often seem to forget that each piece of information actually does come from a specific location somewhere in the world. Sometimes these locations are important, and sometimes they aren’t, but either way it is something to keep in the back of your mind.

4CHAN, the largest English-based imageboard site for example, was started in NYC in 2003 by a fifteen year old kid (yes, only fifteen!) who posts as “moot”. Buying the server space on his mom’s credit card (with her permission) the kid started the site as a place to discuss Japanese video games and television shows, but now becomes a server of all kinds of funny images and Internet phenomena/trends.

YouTube was created by three former PayPal employees out of San Bruno, CA in 2005. These three guys, Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim started the site when they were disgruntled about how it was not easy to share videos with each other from a dinner party they attended and thus, YouTube was born. With the guys originally holding up YouTube’s office above a pizzeria in San Bruno, CA, the company was moved to San Bruno when it was bought by Google in 2006.

College Humor is a website that posts comedic pictures, links and videos, that, as the name states, are geared towards the college age demographic. The site was started by Josh Abramson and Ricky Van Veen in 1999, two friends in high school in Baltimore, as I have indicated on my map. Site traffic is around seven million visitors per month, a rather high number for a comedy site.

Facebook is the global social networking site that hosts thousands of people’s individual pages, allowing them to post information and pictures about themselves as well as comment on the profiles of others, post links to outside sources and post status updates. Started by Mark Zuckerberg in his Harvard dorm room in 2003, the company has since taken off to become a global brand.

Flickr is an image hosting site supported by Yahoo!, often used as a host for bloggers’ photos such as this one! Since 2009 it claims to host over four billion images. Other such sites include Photobucket and Picasa.

FML, or F*** My Life, is a blog that serves as a “recollection of everyday anecdotes likely to happen to anyone.” Posts on the site are sent in by individuals about bad things that happen to them on a daily basis and read like a blogroll for other’s enjoyment. Originally started in France by designer Maxime Valette in 2008 with the french version Vie De Merde, which means “life of shit”, it became so popular an English version was created and a book of the best FML anecdotes was published in 2009.

PostSecret is an ongoing community mail project started by Frank Warren in 2005, where people send anonymous secrets to Frank on postcards and he posts them to the site, a Blogger hosted blog. Frank posts a new set of secrets each Sunday in addition to releasing books of said secrets and lecturing at various colleges and lecture halls.

Stuff White People Like is a WordPress-hosted blog of various people, places and things that “white people” like. Started by Christian Lander in 2008 and even has a book release, this blog uses comedy and irony to mock white people and their “uppity” tastes. As a white person myself, I can say that it definitely hits close to home.

Tumblr began in 2007 as an alternative blogging site, where users create a ┬áTumblelog, a short form blog. Each person’s posts that a user subscribes to come up in their “dashboard” so readers can view recent posts without going to individual blogs. Heavy on visual images and videos over wordy posts, Tumblr is thus more easy to use and more visually appealing than other blog forms.

MySpace is one of the original social networking sites, started by President Tom Anderson as an offshoot of Friendster in 2002. Now in competition with Facebook and Tumblr, MySpace was one of the first sites that allowed users to personalize their pages, post bulletins, blog updates and pictures, and comment on other users sites.

Posted here is a map of all of the locations where these sites started; as you can see they are all across the country, even across the world; and this is only ten sites! Enjoy.

NOTE: Three of these sites are located in NYC, so you have to zoom in reeeeeal close to see all three pins.


October 25, 2009, 7:44 pm
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This post is dedicated to failing, or as many of us say today, EPIC FAIL. Now of course what first comes to mind when you bring together failing and ze Internet is FAIL blog.FAIL blog is a hilariously funny blog which posts pictures of people, places and things that are just…failing. I’ve inserted a slideshow here of a few I liked so you can see what I mean, as there really is no way to describe it, you just have to see them for yourself. FAIL blog is just once again a case of the Internet mocking real life and how truly goofy humans are.

My second act of FAIL today is an article I found about the creator of the Fail Whale. In case you don’t know what that is, Fail Whale is the whale picture that comes up when you can’t get something to work on Twitter, as seen below.

Fail Whale

People all over have fallen in love with the Fail Whale image, in fact there is even now a Fail Whale martini! As the article states, Yiyung Lu, the Fail Whale creator, originally created the image as a birthday e-card for her friends and did not even have a Twitter when the company first came across the image and asked her if they could use it for their site. She later went on to create the Foul Owl image for Twitter, also seen here, which comes up when a suspicious account is suspended.

Foul Owl

Read the article if you would like to learn more, and happy failing!

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Imitationz a la Internetz
October 25, 2009, 7:05 pm
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As we have already seen in my previous posts, many Internet phenomenon result from cultural moments or funny screw-ups happening out there in real life or in other entertainment mediums (TV, movies, etc.) but this post points out some parodies of existing websites that have no inherently entertaining quality until parodied.

My first example of this is Dickipedia: A Wiki of Dicks. No worries, this is not some kind of gross porn site, they mean “dick” in the personality kind of way. Formatted just like one big Wikipedia page, Dickipedia categorizes pages of people/places/things whom they deem “dickish” into different categories: Political dicks, Entertainment dicks, Media dicks, International dicks, Sports dicks, Business dicks and Miscellaneous dicks, with the very last listing being, Your Mom.

Dickipedia does not allow editing of the information provided about the people listed as regular Wikipedia does, but be on the lookout: the creators of the site have posted on it that they may change this option if editors “promise to be good”.

My second and equally hilarious website parody is called Regretsy, a parody on the art website Etsy, where people buy and sell handmade goods. On Regretsy, however, they post photos, descriptions and prices people were asking for for the most ridiculous and ugly pieces of crap they have made. The website then posts their own opinions of the item below the photo, and chuckling ensues.

Check it out, I guarantee you will laugh or your money back (which I can’t say the same if you bought one of the ludicrous items on Regretsy)


October 20, 2009, 12:12 am
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Hello viral viewers:

I was simply wondering if anyone knew how to make a separate page in WordPress viewable? I have an About Me but I can’t find anywhere how to get it to show up so all of you lovely people can read it!

If you can help i’d really appreciate it.


From One Screen To Another.
October 19, 2009, 12:44 am
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This video is about different forms of media transferring and stealing from each other. In this case, it is when a viral video from YouTube became so popular, it was imitated on a recent episode of The Office. The video i’m referring to is the JK Wedding Video, seen here.This video became so popular so fast, the Newlyweds and their wedding party appeared on The Today Show to do the same wedding dance again for The Today Show audience. And now, this spoof has been done on The Office. This spoof and popularity of this video are proof that viral Internet content really does seep over into other aspects of entertainment culture, and also that people really do enjoy these funny videos of other people having fun and being lighthearted…they uplift us all! Here is The Office clip; certainly hilarious, especially if you are a regular viewer of The Office.

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October 19, 2009, 12:15 am
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This post is all about the vlog, aka, the Video Blog. Because my blog is mostly text and pictures I would not strictly classify it as a vlog, but being as this blog is about the Internet’s viral content and much of that viral content comes from videos, I would certainly say video is a crucial component of my blog. At the bottom of this post I have included my very own first video that I have ever made of myself and posted it here. I have also posted some classic YouTube videos simply of people talking and chronicling their lives. This was a phenomenon that took off when YouTube first took off; before YouTube webcams were seen as things usually used for explicit sexual activity, but once YouTube came around, people began to use them to create Vlogs and chronicle their lives. They are also now frequently used for videochatting, so that friends from far away places could stay in touch, as Apple marketed them and programmed them into their new models. For some excellent examples, as I explain in my personal video, the first is of LonelyGirl15, the classic girl video blogger (who was actually a fraud).

And secondly is Mitchell Davis, who does excellent editing with his vlog to achieve great comedic timing. Check ’em out and tell me what you think!

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Internetz For Those With ADD
October 15, 2009, 5:15 am
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Herro everyone, Kelly here again. This post will focus on viral Internet clips that are combined together to enhance viewing pleasure (or to get people caught up on the latest Internet phenoms without having to stalk YouTube on the daily). I find the takeoff of these types of videos and pictures interesting, because there is no inherently new information we get by seeing them; we have often seen all of the individual clips at least once if not many times over, so what is the point of combining images or creating one video out of 50? But I have already personally watched this clip of the 100 Greatest Internet Videos In 3 Minutes multiple times already myself! I suspect it is because it reminds us of old things that have made us laugh before that we had forgotten about, and shows us new ones we have never seen. Plus, we like to see other humans, laugh, fall, dance, and generally goof off. After a serious day at the office or in school, it is good to see humans being humans.

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