Ermahgerd. Honey badger. LOLcats. These are all popular Internet memes that are making their way around the world and are just as popular as television shows and celebrities, if not more.
What is a meme?
A meme is a photo, video or other image that starts in the hands of a person who turns it into something witty by adding fun or sarcastic text. This meme is then virally spread throughout the Internet, usually with multiple versions appearing as the meme travels the Internet.
Memes can start from anything. A random photo found on Facebook can be turned into a meme, and so can a photo of celebrities or even animals. Most memes are usually funny in nature, but some can teeter on the edge of being inappropriate. LOLcats is a popular meme in which funny sayings are added to pictures of cats. Ermahgerd is another popular meme that uses the photo of a young girl holding books and creates captions that is supposed to be the phonetic pronunciation of “oh my God” from a person using a retainer.
How do I create memes?
Memes are very simple to create. You can start your own meme by using one of your own photos and creating your own funny caption. If you’re not graphic design savvy, apps like PicFrame allow you to easily add text to your images.
You can also create your own meme based on today’s most popular memes. Sites like QuickMeme allow you to search through a database of all the memes on the Internet today, choose your favorite and add your own caption.
You can also visit Some E-Cards and create your ecard meme by choosing your image and writing your own caption, one-liner or fun/interesting idea or observation.
How do I share memes?
There are many different ways to share memes. Once you create one, you can send them to your friends via email. If your friends think it’s great, they can pass the meme on to their friends too.
You can also upload your meme to your social media accounts. Your fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter can then easily share your meme with others. Many memes are also finding their way to Pinterest, so you can create your own meme board and place all of your creations there.
What’s the purpose of memes?
Honestly, they’re just meant to be used for entertainment. Many people visit KnowYourMeme to learn more about popular memes they find on the Internet, and some just share those that they find extremely funny or relate to them in some way.
If you own a business, you can use memes for marketing purposes. Simply create memes that talk about your brand, products or services, or if you post them to sites like Pinterest, you can have your meme link back to your website to generate some traffic to your site.
Memes are extremely popular, and whether you want a good laugh or to use it for marketing purposes, you should try your hand at creating a meme.