It takes a lot of thought and creativity to look at a photograph and create a caption that captures the curiosity of thousands. That is what memes are able to accomplish. With just one image, dozens of different ideas will spew, turning your social media feeds into a virtual comedy club.
One trend that has caught on in memes is the popularity of beards. With men all around the world now contemplating the burning question of whether to go facial hair or not, pictures of various men sporting different beard styles keep popping up, all with words of encouragement for why bearded men really do do things better.
Stating the Obvious
Cartoon characters are commonly used in memes, and Buzz with Woody help to make the point that beards really are the latest and greatest in men’s fashion. Even though they are both clean shaven good guys, you can sense that in this picture, Buzz wouldn’t mind changing their image with some facial hair:
Then there is the eluding to the sex appeal that having a beard brings. Some of these memes are subtle, while others downright raunchy, yet they are all intended to make a guy run out and start stocking up on beard balm:
Of course the over used image of “that guy” giving life lessons from his chair also has a few things to say about beards, and how they make the man. Probably one of the most popular meme images, he has gained notoriety on social media for being an expert on just about anything:
The other wise man of the meme world – Willy Wonka – also has something to say about ditching the razor for a beard trimmer and beard balm:
Memes have taken over the internet as a fun and interesting way to show the humor in just about any subject you can image. Whole sites are dedicated to collecting various images that allow you to create your own messages to catch people’s attention. This new communication method is like the condensed version of a cartoon, making you laugh and think with just a few well placed words.
If you are trying to draw interest to your site, creating memes of your own is one way to do it. The ones shown here are all used by sites that offering beard trimming tips, beard trimmer advice, and reviews of beard balms to men who are contemplating the idea of facial hair. No matter what it is you are selling, you can use the same approach to bring more traffic and recognition to your own site.
There is no end to the number of ways in which Google comes up with to help us with a search. One of the latest is Cookin’ With Google, and it’s far from your typical recipe search.
Here’s the common Tuesday night scenario: You open the fridge to find one pound of chicken legs and not much else. Bored with the typical baked chicken leg recipes you use, you decide to browse through a recipe site to find something new. Two hours later and you still haven’t found a single recipe that does not require some foreign spice, an abundance of corn starch and a list of other ingredients that you never heard of, let alone have in your kitchen. If only you could list what you have, and have a recipe thrown back at you. By now, you’d already be washing your plate if that was possible.
Well it is.
Cookin’ With Google lets you list the ingredients and after a few refinements, will spit a recipe out at you. For example:
- Chicken legs
- Salt and pepper
Now you click on deep fryer, since you’re starving and want your chicken quick, and within seconds you are given a recipe that meets your requirements. No fresh basil leaves, no fennel seeds, just a simple recipe that uses what you have on hand.
Better still is that option to pick the cooking method. By choosing deep fryer, you are given a choice of recipes that require an appliance you already have, not a pizza oven. And since not everyone is wise enough to own a deep fryer, there are other options like crock pots and toaster ovens to choose from.
Tips for Cookin’ with Google
- Search for items in both singular and plural tense. This can yield you very different results if you are still having a hard time finding something palatable.
- Don’t be overly restrictive by listing every single item in your cabinets. Just choose the ones you think fit, and add or subtract to help narrow down your search.
- You can use exclusion words too if you want to avoid any recipe that contains dried prunes or curry spices.
This is a very versatile search engine, like most that are powered by Google are. By attacking the whole “what’s for dinner” issue from the other side, you save yourself time, and a whole lot of frustration.
In a perfect internet world, you type what you need into the search box, hit enter and exactly what you were looking for comes popping up onto the screen. Except this is not a perfect internet world, and Google Search is not speaking in English.
Google is by far the most widely used search engine out there. In fact, most of our “laws” involving content and SEO are built around Google, not anyone else. Yet, more often than not, it will fail you when trying to accomplish a simple search.
The Keys to an Effective Google Search
- Skip the words you don’t need. Google does not speak English remember? So you don’t need to create a proper question. Instead of “Which Review Sites are Best for finding Recurve Bows and Arrows for Beginners” try something simpler like: “Reviews Recurve bows arrows beginners”. The search just pulls out the relevant key words anyway, so why waste your time with all of the other stuff. This will provide good results like FastFlightArchery.com.
- Use parentheses to maximize your results. Google looks at an entire page for the keywords that you type, so sometimes things may get skewed. For example, you want an article about recurve bows and arrows, but it may show you articles that mention recurve roads in the first paragraph, a bow shaped highway extension in the second, and how Arrow will be under construction in the Spring in the third paragraph. This happens all of the time and can be downright frustrating. To get around it literally, you simply put AROUND (2) – or 3 or 4 depending on your preference, and Google will make sure that the key words it has been asked to look for are in that proximity to each other, but in no particular order. Groovy right?
- Hyphens let Google know you don’t want certain results to show up, like –eHow will make sure that your search does not include any results that have that phrase in the body. A plus sign will make sure that each one does.
- Did you know that you can do a title only search on Google? Just start your phrase with allintitle: Recurve Bows and Arrows for Beginners, and you will only get articles that have those exact words in the title.
This simple Google hacks can save you tons of time when looking for information. It is not exactly a perfect system, but once you know its secrets, it can be darn close to one.
There is a certain prestige that comes when you create something that goes viral. Articles and books try and explain how to do it, maybe even songs have been written about it, but still at the end of the day few people are able to do it. Just what is this phenomenon and how does one achieve it?
The truth is, there is no secret formula or trick to creating content that goes viral, it just sort of happens when you least expect it.
What is Going Viral?
If you spend any time on social media sites than at one point or another you have read something that was going viral. You may have even propelled it forward by hitting like and then sharing it on your own feed. Going viral refers to some type of content, whether it be a status update, article, video or blog post that grabs peoples attention quickly and then compels them to share it with others. Since the numbers of people reading and sharing are counted, it is easy to tell how often this is happening.
Let’s look at it from the perspective of your average Facebook post. Say Huff Post has an article that shows up in your feed giving beard trimming tips. And let’s suppose you have a beard, and many of your friends have beards, so you read said article and then share it on your own wall for your friends to see.
Now, on a normal day, maybe 25 (and that’s being generous) of your FB friends are going to read said article, think “wow, I need to share this” and hit that button. But for arguments sake, today is beard day, and all 500 of your FB friends like and share. And then all of their friends are fascinated with beard trimmers and beard brushes and they read, like and share. Now it’s the snowball effect, and your little Huff Post article about the benefits of trimming your beard and using beard balm is suddenly a social media virus. In other words, it has gone viral.
Making Your Own Content Go Viral
Like we said, there is no secret formula here. There is just no telling what is going to move enough people so that what you have posted becomes an internet sensation. The best you can do is write or record what you think will interest people, post it, and pray. Although, we might suggest something a bit more compelling than how to maintain the perfect goatee.
Internet memes are basically all around the social web these days and you might have gotten yourself familiar with some humorous ones you recently came across. It started popping up around the mid-2000s, and to this day, these memes are currently growing vastly into the web.
The modern internet culture can be associated with these memes, too. With many technological researches done these days, the social networking would definitely grow along with it. Most likely almost everyone is familiar with what this is, but we’ll break down how these internet memes started for you.
An internet meme can possibly be anything, and it is usually posted as a photo or a video of a person, animal, some movie and fictional characters, quote, etc. As long as it is relatable or humorous among the netizens, then it is called an internet meme.
The idea of creating a meme
An internet meme is a sort of an internet language because most internet users can easily relate to a specific meme. Some memes can be pretty exceptional and it becomes popular all over the web. People can easily appeal to these because it is funny, or it somehow speaks their experience or even emotions. It can definitely range in a wider scope, but for you to truly understand what it is, you need to see some examples of it. (Actually, you may hover to our sidebar and see some internet memes we placed there for fun.)
A lot of the popular memes instantly go viral into the public, and people pertain to the specific person, animal, or any character featured whenever something relatable happens. Here are some articles around the web to show you more:
Where memes come from
Memes basically pop out from just anywhere! From your Facebook timeline, Twitter feed, Tumblr Dashboard – they’re almost existent on every social networking site.
We think it’s best to note that internet memes could stem out based from experiences of people, and then they share it to the World Wide Web, and some goes viral.
You may check out KnowYourMeme.com if you wanted to know the history of a specific meme, like how it started and other stuff. It tracks down a meme’s history – who the creatoresearr is, the artist, or the name of the person/animal featured in the meme.
Popular sites to look for memes
9gag – This is one of the most popular sites where users create memes that are rather mind-blowing or humorous. There are a lot of viral posts here and you will most likely find something that is relatable for you here.
4chan – This community is where some of the GIFs and PNGs are initially created.
Tumblr – This is a micro-blogging platform where most users focus on imagery and GIFs on their posts. Although a lot of the posts here are mostly reblogged from the previous sites mentioned, there are still plenty of memes present here.
During some phase of innovation happening in most universities, fresh ideas are born into this world. Many huge companies these days are products or are founded by people who were still studying in universities at that time, together with their colleagues. Examples of this are Google, Facebook, Dell, Time Magazine, Reddit, Microsoft, and FedEx.
There are brilliant researches being conducted in most universities, yet they get stuck on the thesis covers that only gather some dust on the school shelves.
Some universities can be the source of new breakthroughs in the world, yet they are not nourished. They are not properly cultivated. Thus, the innovators need to bridge the gap in order to find success in what they are trying to build.
This was tackled during the Electronic Media Laboratory at Stellenboch University many years ago. It was to remedy the challenge of postgraduates coming from various disciplines in finding an environment wherein they could work together on research projects in connection to cutting-edge media like social networking, peer-to-peer TV streaming, and more. Everything is basically growing and now we even have those wacky internet memes and languages all around.
A hypothesis gathered here saying that if students with exceptionally bright minds come together from different backgrounds, there is a possibility that with these minds coming together, they will be able to create innovations beyond just a simple good research.
Development of concept
- Due to the strong demand within industries for specialist graduates, the first objective comes in developing specialist software engineers coming from the field of web and mobile technologies. This will be based on Media Lab’s percentage of graduates that could eventually work in the specialist careers sector.
- The second objective would be to generate intellectual property that would be useful for commercial needs. This is based on the value of transferred or licensed IP to the industry partner.
- Tech entrepreneurship is highly encouraged for young and fresh graduates. The success of this would be based on the startups’ net worth which are founded by the Media Lab graduates.
- Most importantly, the highest research academic standards should be maintained. This is then based on the graduates’ achievement in academic and publication rate.
In Media Lab, students are always encouraged to not just work on the research, but also follow according to Google’s book to give employees “20% time” to give their attention to others jobs unrelated to what they’re officially doing to give some space for innovation. Because of this pursuit, it most likely those non-research duties will provide fertile grounds for newer tech innovations.
Creating the team
Media Lab does its best to create a stimulating and good research environment that fosters the growth of highly academic students. In this, the students need to have their research with relevance to the potential customer application, and they need to be able to justify the kind of research that they do to their superiors, the management, and the corporate sponsors that handle quite high expectations.