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Gangnam Style

Park Jae-Sang, 2012 PSY, whose real name is Park Jae-Sang, has become a global sensation since Gangnam Style’s release on…

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Nyan cat

Christopher Torres, Saraj00n, 2011 Nyan Cat is an 8-bit animation combining a cat, a cherry Pop Tart and the song…


MARKUS ALEXEJ “NOTCH” PERSSON, 2011 Minecraft is an indie video game hit created by Markus Alexej (“Notch”) Persson officially released…

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Double rainbow

Hungrybear9562 (Paul Vasquez), 2010 Paul “Bear” Vasquez, aka Hungrybear9562, posted this homemade video filmed in his front yard on YouTube…


KEVIN SYSTROM, MICHEL “MIKE” KRIEGER, 2010 Simply put, Instagram is a free photo app and a social network. It was…


Andrey Ternovsky, 2009 Andrey Ternovsky created Chatroulette when he was 17 and the name is obviously based on the slightly…

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Elf Yourself

Jason Zada, 2006 It’s simple: upload a picture of yourself, select an area and hit Submit. A moment later you…


Collective idea, 2007 Rickrolling is a 2008 Internet meme, and is a bait-and-switch. With a Rickroll you trick someone to…


Jack Dorsey, 2006 Jack Dorsey created social-networking/microblogging service Twitter. Entry-character limit is 140, which makes this a characteristic #tweet.

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Leeroy Jenkins

Guild PALS FOR LIFE, Ben Schulz, 2005 Leeroy Jenkins is a meme that started in 2005 with the release of…