It is difficult to talk about a meme release date for the first time. Michael Godwin spoke for the first time about memes as we know them in this article from 1994. However, in Google Trends, for example, we can see that worldwide Explosion of the term meme starts in 2011 and peaks in 2019.
Undoubtedly, memes have been one of the great phenomena of the Internet, but also of the world, that it is already common to find them in the news. They have become a great way to communicate humor, sarcasm, conflicting ideas… and even tell what is and what is not 5G.
During this decade, they have changed so much that the former have practically nothing to do with the latter, Let us see how the development developed from 2011 to 2019, according to the popularity data of the web Know your meme.
From “Forever Alone” to “Woman Cries for Cat”, goes through “Doge”
Many of the most popular were very popular on forums and social networks. For example, the mythical “Forever Alone” was one of the big stars, who was accompanied in 2011 by others who were very similar in graphic terms, such as You Win This Time!, Troll Face and “Y U NO” Guy. If we look at the origin of everyone, we will see that at this time the origin of the great memes was in 4Chan, DevianArt, Reddit or even Tumblr,
Another incredible phenomenon was that of My little Pony, with immense popularity in 4chan. Similar to the previous ones, they appear Yao Ming’s face, Neil Degrasse Tyson and You don’t say?, a successor of O RLY? and predecessor of Surprised Pikachu.
Later the beloved and already deceased Grumpy cat next to the phenomenon Harlem Shake. And we come to the figure that is becoming more hegemonic, the Doge dog with which so many comments have been made, also with its cryptocurrency, the Dogecoin, The dog paced up and down while other stars arrived like Pepe the Frog and the fireproof Lenny Face, from 2012 and so on a lot is still sought today, especially for copying and pasting,
From then on there are many unknown memes for the general public, but we have to finish with Woman yelling at a Cat, what good times it has left us in 2019, and that it was funny no matter what language it was in. It is clear that memes have become more complex and difficult to understand, but that has made them better, less predictable. As a great absence, I would highlight the meme of Distracted Boyfriend, whose photo has gone through threads of forums and tweets throughout the Internet.