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A brief history of cats and the internet.

A brief history of cats and the internet.


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  • 1. Kittehs & teh “Internet” Teh Road To Power!!!
  • 2. Ground Rules1. For all their strengths,cats are horrible spellers. Kitteh = Cat Teh = The U C?2. We never speak of thisphoto again, okay?
  • 3. Teh Kittehs On Teh Internet: An Overview“ Untrainable, skittish and unpredictablebeasts that they are, cats are a bust inHollywood. But it’ s those skittish,unpredictable qualities that made themscrewball comics for a YouTube age.” - Salon“ Computer geeks have their ownniche in pop culture. Sometimes,something crazed from that nicheescapes and runs rampant amongthe masses.” - Chron
  • 4. Kittehs On Teh Internet: A Timeline2005 - The term “LOLcats” is invented in theanonymous image board “4chan,” describing a photoof a cat with a humorous caption.
  • 5. In teh beginning, there was Ceiling Kitteh… April 1, 2006: A photo of a cat stuck in a ceiling is posted to the web and the legend of Ceiling Cat is born.
  • 6. Then there was more kittehs…June 14, 2006: LOLcats.com becomes aregistered website.December 28, 2006: The cat compilation video“Funny cats” is posted to YouTube and goes on tobecome the most viewed cat video on YouTubewith over 35 million views.Then the kittehs demandedcheezburgers…January 11, 2007: “Happy Cat” is posted toIcanhascheezburger.com and “Lolcats”become a sensation.
  • 7. Then the Kittehs developed talents.. June 7, 2007: “Keyboard Cat” is posted to YouTube. Today it has 22 million views. “ Most of us who have dealt with cats know that cats are jerks, and while outright abuse is never popular, I think a lot of people just like to see cats get their comeuppance,” says Brad O’ Farrell, creator of the Keyboard Cat video. “ That’ s probably why LOLcats are so popular. It’ s both funny to pretend that a cat is actually riding an invisible bicycle and it’ s enjoyable because the cat is being subjected to an acceptable range of humiliation —it’ s funny but not abusive.”Watch Keyboard Kitteh in all his glory here.
  • 8. And teh people started to recognize these talents…July 12, 2007: Time Magazine covers “Lolcats,” bringing themnational media attention in the U.S.September 7, 2008: “Ninja Cat” is posted to YouTube andgains 11.9 million views, making it one of the most popular catvideos on the web. Today it has 30 million views.October 2008: “Icanhascheezburger.com” reaches 2 millionmonthly visitors.August 14, 2009: The off Broadway play “I Can HasCheezburger: The MusicLOL” opens to the public inGreenwich Village.January 2010: The bible is translated into “lolspeak” featuringCeiling Cat as God, Basement Cat as Satan, and Happy Catas Jesus.
  • 9. K, enough dates, let’s meet more kittehs!Maru, watch here. Jerk Kitteh, watch here.Hugging Kitteh, watch here. Roomba Kitteh, watch here. And you can watch the best kittehs of 2011