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Viral videos are ubiquitous – they have spread into both mainstream pop culture and corporate America. ...

Viral videos are ubiquitous – they have spread into both mainstream pop culture and corporate America.

Something not talked about as frequently are viral images. This presentation shares 97 images the web shared like crazy in 2008.

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  • 1. 97 Images The Web Shared In 2008 Presented by Adam Singer – TheFutureBuzz.com ( @AdamSinger )
  • 2. Viral videos are ubiquitous – they have spread into both mainstream pop culture and corporate America.
  • 3. Something not talked about as frequently are viral images.
  • 4.
    • Viral images predate viral videos,
    • and have been around since the AOL
    • and Prodigy days when there wasn’t
    • enough bandwidth available for the
    • everyday user to access video.
  • 5.
    • Images can be spread on the web through
    • several means, and they criss-cross back and
    • forth between:
    • Message-boards and forums
    • Blogs/Microblogs
    • Emails (inter-office, personal and mass emails to all your friends)
    • Social networks
    • Basic HTML Web sites
    • Company intranets
    • Anywhere, really
  • 6. Good editors know images tell the story and reinforce your messages stronger than words alone.
  • 7.
    • Viral images have held on tightly and are as
    • much a part of “Web 2.0” (sorry for the clichéd
    • term) as they were for Web 1.0. They are
    • popular amongst all web users for good
    • reasons. Strong images:
    • Prove a point quickly
    • Give people a story to spread
    • Can create deep emotional connections
    • Are easily consumable, perfect for a medium that moves fast
    • Are entertaining, hilarious or compelling
    • Are easy to share
  • 8. One could easily make the argument images are the most shared format of content on the web…
  • 9. Learn what type of images spread successfully by studying the content archetypes and emotional triggers of strong images.
  • 10. Let’s view some of the images the web shared like crazy in 2008. Captions added to provide context, where necessary. Collected from a combination of Digg, Reddit, Blogs, and StumbleUpon
  • 11. Bottled water truths revealed
  • 12. This guy should have heeded the warning sign
  • 13. Clichéd 80’s guy
  • 14. 8 bit street art
  • 15. Hydrogen bomb cloud
  • 16. Peyto Lake in Canada
  • 17. Perfect timing…
  • 18.  
  • 19. Irony
  • 20. Ultimate super-soaker collection
  • 21. Lightning at sunset
  • 22. Balloon tank
  • 23. Bill and Hillary Clinton in the 70’s
  • 24. Dare to break the rules…
  • 25. Another shot taken at the perfect moment
  • 26. Space station from above
  • 27. You’d think someone would fix this
  • 28. Nice try, Verizon
  • 29. CNN putting emphasis on the most important issue of the day
  • 30. When the one cup policy for your company picnic backfires
  • 31. Regular vs. hi-def
  • 32. How does this even happen!?
  • 33. The RIAA is about to stick the lawyers
  • 34. More irony
  • 35. Self-explanatory
  • 36. Making fun of those old motivational posters is a classic on the web
  • 37.  
  • 38. Really?
  • 39. Sad.
  • 40. Sara can’t make up her mind
  • 41. A popular image floating around message forums – the “failure” meme is a hit
  • 42. Another example of the failure meme
  • 43. Great advertising by FedEx
  • 44. George seems like a nice guy
  • 45. Grandma’s got some spunk
  • 46. Amazing shot of a guy petting a shark
  • 47. Search results for “Hell” on your iPhone
  • 48. Perfect timing…
  • 49.  
  • 50. A little excessive?
  • 51. The LOL cat phenomenon is all over the web
  • 52. Another of my favorite LOL cats
  • 53. Loyal to the end
  • 54. Imaginary numbers
  • 55. Linux vs. Windows
  • 56. Life will find a way
  • 57.  
  • 58.  
  • 59.  
  • 60. Difference between a stone and an iphone
  • 61. IQ’s across professions
  • 62. Making fun of pie charts is a classic
  • 63. Devolution of philosophy?
  • 64. The Rubik’s Cube, solved
  • 65. PC > Mac:
  • 66. From XKCD, a popular webcomic
  • 67. Unknown, but great
  • 68. From Gaping Void
  • 69. from PHDComics.com
  • 70. Physics isn’t that hard…
  • 71. You can’t blame the kid, too good a setup
  • 72. Creative ad for Career Junction:
  • 73. Exactly…
  • 74. I love this campaign
  • 75. LOLcats make it off the internet, and into the comics
  • 76. Just read
  • 77. Old ads are another classic viral image
  • 78. How is it even possible to make this mistake?
  • 79. Don’t mess with geeks
  • 80. Tandem cyclones
  • 81. Amazing walls of snow
  • 82. No escape…
  • 83. We need to talk…
  • 84. Clouds attacking the mountain
  • 85. School of rays
  • 86. When waves collide
  • 87. Nice timing
  • 88. Stunning tree, just beautiful
  • 89. What do you think – Photoshopped or not?
  • 90. Just an awesome photo
  • 91. Something isn’t right about this one…
  • 92. Self-fulfilling prophecy?
  • 93. You can do it little buddy
  • 94. Not sure what they thought would happen by doing this
  • 95. Great advertising by 3M – that is real money in there, they definitely believe in the product
  • 96. Why you can’t trust automated translators
  • 97. Just a normal work lunch Just a normal work lunch
  • 98. Chicago from above
  • 99. Tijuana meets San Diego
  • 100. Shuttle launch
  • 101. Beware of the sign
  • 102. That’s got to be the weirdest Ebay feedback I’ve ever seen
  • 103. Windows vista source code released
  • 104. Great analogy
  • 105. Clever clever…
  • 106. Wait, what? Clever clever…
  • 107. Amazing angle Clever clever…
  • 108. Images as blog posts with attribution, where possible: 50 Viral Images (and how they spread) 50 Viral Images Part Two Be sure to subscribe to The Future Buzz for more on media, marketing and PR.