The Internet is a weird place, and the things people go nuts over on the Internet are even weirder. All it takes is a simple share of a photo, tweet or video for things to go from zero to a hundred. Thanks to social media, something or someone can become an instant sensation within a mere couple of hours. As people become more and more hooked on the Internet, the speed at which things catch on substantially increases.
Over the past few years there have been many times that the Internet went into a complete tizzy over virtually nothing. There were, of course, the charitable freak-outs — such as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — but others are just plain strange. For instance, remember when Internet goers spent weeks obsessing over #AlexFromTarget — a regular Joe who just happens to have a face that enamors teenage girls. This random bout of Internet fame even landed the lucky teen on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and got him interviews with huge media outlets, like The New York Times.
Other freak-outs have occurred over public celebrity feuds, where followers just can’t seem to get enough of what the celebrities are going to do or say next. And, the advent and growing popularity of the meme has provided the power to turn something that is otherwise meaningless into a viral trend.
Here is a list of the 10 times the Internet unnecessarily freaked out in the past couple of years.
10 Drake & Meek Mill Beef
9 Katy Perry’s Left Shark
8 Kim Kardashian’s Bare Butt
7 The Apparently Kid
6 Netflix and Chill
5 Caitlyn Jenner’s Vanity Fair Debut
4 Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) Video
2 The Kylie Jenner Challenge
1 The 'Is It White/Gold Or Black/Blue' Dress
Arguably one of the most confusing things the Internet as a whole has made viral was “The Dress.” The striped dress was first posted on Tumblr with the user asking their followers if they saw the dress as white and gold, or blue and black. It seemed everyone was seeing a different combination, and a full-out Internet dispute ensued.
Within a week of the image hitting the web, over 10 million tweets mentioned the dress. And, it wasn’t just Tumblr and Twitter that were confused. All social media platforms were filled with users trying to get to the bottom of the debate. And, top media outlets across America were covering it, as well. #TheDress became so huge, both because of users who were sharing the image and their take on the color scheme, and because of the abundance of others who voiced their opinion of how stupid the whole debate was to begin with. And, in case you were wondering — the color of the dress was ultimately confirmed to be blue and black.
Sources: Billboard.com; NYTimes.com; Wikipedia.org; Mirror.co.uk
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