List of Internet phenomena

Social and cultural phenomena specific to the Internet include Internet memes, such as popular themes, catchphrases, images, viral videos, and jokes. When such fads and sensations occur online, they tend to grow rapidly and become more widespread because the instant communication facilitates word of mouth transmission.

The below partial list focuses more on Internet phenomena that is not restricted by regional Internet laws; other countries such as China or Pakistan do have Internet phenomena specific there that is not blocked by regional laws. Other regional Internet phenomena in countries with restricted regional laws are covered in List of Internet phenomena in China and List of Internet phenomena in Pakistan.

Advertising and products[]

Animation and comics[]

Bongo Cat
A group of Polandball characters
xkcd's "Wikipedian Protestor" comic

Challenges[]

A person taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
TrashTag Challenge CleanUp – Before TrashTag Challenge

These generally feature Internet users recording themselves taking a challenge and then distributing the resulting video through social media sites, often inspiring or daring other users to repeat the challenge.

A hand after performing the salt and ice challenge

Dance[]

Two screenshots from before and after the drop in a Harlem Shake video

Email[]

Film and television[]

A group of LGBT people holding up "The Babadook" at the LGBT Resist March in Los Angeles.
The adult brony fandom of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic grew from its 4chan roots.

Gaming[]

"The cake is a lie", based on the false promise of a Black Forest cake as a reward, is popularized from the video game series Portal.
Actor Kevin Bacon is the centerpiece of the game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.
QWOP's title refers to the four keyboard keys used to move the muscles of the sprinter avatar

Images[]

U.S. President Barack Obama jokingly mimics the "McKayla is not impressed" expression in the Oval Office, November 2012.

Music[]

People[]

Politics[]

Amber Lee Ettinger, a.k.a. "Obama Girl"

Videos[]

Other phenomena[]

The paperclip that Kyle MacDonald converted into a house, after 14 trade-ups

See also[]

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