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97 Viral Images The Web Shared In 2008


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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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97 Viral Images The Web Shared In 2008

  1. 97 Images The Web Shared In 2008 Presented by Adam Singer – ( @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. <ul><li>Viral images predate viral videos, </li></ul><ul><li>and have been around since the AOL </li></ul><ul><li>and Prodigy days when there wasn’t </li></ul><ul><li>enough bandwidth available for the </li></ul><ul><li>everyday user to access video. </li></ul>
  5. <ul><li>Images can be spread on the web through </li></ul><ul><li>several means, and they criss-cross back and </li></ul><ul><li>forth between: </li></ul><ul><li>Message-boards and forums </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs/Microblogs </li></ul><ul><li>Emails (inter-office, personal and mass emails to all your friends) </li></ul><ul><li>Social networks </li></ul><ul><li>Basic HTML Web sites </li></ul><ul><li>Company intranets </li></ul><ul><li>Anywhere, really </li></ul>
  6. Good editors know images tell the story and reinforce your messages stronger than words alone.
  7. <ul><li>Viral images have held on tightly and are as </li></ul><ul><li>much a part of “Web 2.0” (sorry for the clichéd </li></ul><ul><li>term) as they were for Web 1.0. They are </li></ul><ul><li>popular amongst all web users for good </li></ul><ul><li>reasons. Strong images: </li></ul><ul><li>Prove a point quickly </li></ul><ul><li>Give people a story to spread </li></ul><ul><li>Can create deep emotional connections </li></ul><ul><li>Are easily consumable, perfect for a medium that moves fast </li></ul><ul><li>Are entertaining, hilarious or compelling </li></ul><ul><li>Are easy to share </li></ul>
  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…
  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
  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…
  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
  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
  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.