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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…

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MINECRAFT

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…

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INSTAGRAM

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

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Chatroulette

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…

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Rickroll

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

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Twitter

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…