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About Pants Status may have first appeared textually in electronic communications when programmer Conrad Parker posted a “Pants Status” Linux terminal program on his personal website in 1999. The package was soon included in the main build tree for the Verge Linux distribution, which can be download here .
About #iconsftw is a Twitter hashtag that began trending shortly after Apple announced its latest version of popular digital media player application, iTunes 10. One of the more noticeable changes introduced with update is the revamped icon (shown above), which has been met by grievances from many users for its plain, ugly design.
About If you’re on Facebook, you’ve probably done it or seen your friends do it plenty of times. Popularly known as Make Your Own Album Cover (or shortly “album cover”), this DIY game first began as a Flickr group project circa early 2008 and subsequently crossed over to other social networking sites like Facebook through the following year. Origins of CD Cover Meme [Incomplete]
About Can This X Get More Fans Than Y? is an emerging trend of anti-fan mobilization via Facebook fan pages solely designed for the purpose of outnumbering the target celebrity’s fans on the social networking site. For comical effect, these Facebook groups often choose to endorse arbitrary items of little significance (X, as in Fishstick) in competing against the famous subjects (Y, as in Kanye West).
About I WANT THE OLD FAFEBOOK BACK THIS SHIT IS WACK has become the titular phrase when referring to a specific massive “user error” and resulting epic thread of satirical mockery that occurred on ReadWriteWeb in February of 2010. Because of the short lifespan, this serves as an example of how a short-lived but massive occurrence can be considered a meme.
About Bra Status Updates is an online survey game that spread through Facebook in early January of 2010 via private messages among female Facebook users. The updates were posted under the guise of spreading awareness about breast cancer. Origin The origin of the message is unclear, but one of the earliest postings of the copypasta status update was submitted to Yahoo!
The Story of Kimberley Vlaeminck: “I Asked For 3, He Gave Me 53 More” Kimberley Vlaeminck is a Belgian teenager who recently became famous after getting an elaborate pattern of 56 stars tattooed over one side of her face, which she claims is 53 MORE tattoo stars than she had originally asked for (she only wanted three stars). Unhappy and remorseful, Kimberley is now suing the tattoo artist for 10,000 euros, which will be used to pay for the laser-removal surgery. “I said this part, the top, is ok, but not the rest,” said Kimberley, who lives with her family in the city of Kortrijk, northwest of Brussels.
About Moneyfacing refers to the act of placing a creased banknote in front of one’s face and taking a profile picture, which reveals a “hybrid face” of the subject and famous person depicted on the currency bill. Though unrelated in origin, this fad can be seen as a variation on the theme of sleevefacing , or the art of obscuring one’s face with record album sleeves and taking timely photographs of the hybrid profile. Origin
About Free Majid Tavakoli (also known as “Be a Man”) is an online protest campaign that consisted of Iranian men taking profile pictures of themselves wearing the hijab, a head covering traditionally worn by Muslim women, and sharing them online. The movement first became popular on the Iranian web and Facebook following the arrest of a student activist Majid Tavakoli during the civil unrest in 2009. Origin On June 12th, 2009, the Iranian presidential election stirred civil protests across the country following the reelection of incumbent Mahjoud Ahmadinejad and approval of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamanei. After the globally contested election, a number of Twitter accounts changed their icons to green as a display of solidarity with the Iranian protesters, which became known as The Green Movement .
About MySpace Angles is the practice of photographing oneself at a particular angle for the sake of obscuring one’s own facial flaws. This “beauty through obscurity” phenomenon has existed possibly since the dawn of photography itself, but the term “MySpace angles” or simply “The Angles” emerged following the launch of social networking site MySpace in 2003. Despite the name “MySpace angles,” this phenomenon is not confined solely to MySpace and the term can be used to refer to vainly obscured photos on any social networking site. Origin