Sick of seeing that same badly-Photoshopped meme about 'Merica with bald eagles and something or other about freedom for the third time? What about pictures of babies? Great news -- Facebook is working to prioritize "high quality" news stories on user feeds rather than memes or similar types of content.
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It's a big day for the Internet, an Internet meme has successfully invaded the real world. The Auto-Tune the News folks saw their tweaked version of the Lincoln Park Bed Intruder song reach number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100 today. This feat was made possible thanks to a 2005 decision by Billboard to include digital downloads in their rankings. Bed Intruder is currently number 35 in iTunes.
Just let that sink in, the Gregory Brothers (the group behind Auto-Tune the News) saw something in the cadence and vocabulary in this news report, and made a hit song out of it. The song is currently only available as a digital download. The Gregory Brothers recently told Wired that they are also working on a pilot with Comedy Central based on Internet culture.
If you haven't heard the song, just check it out. You won't be sorry.
As each year draws to a close, we find ourselves looking back on it all. Facebook is doing much the same, but the difference is that that have a huge pile of data to comb through so they can figure out just what this last year was all about. They’re calling this “Facebook Memology”. By gauging how often a subject was mentioned in status updates, Facebook was able to rank the ideas, or memes, of 2009.
Some entries in the list are specific words, and some are topics that may be signified by multiple words. The first entry on the list is for “Facebook Applications”. Not too surprising that a lot of people were talking about Farmville this year. “Swine flu” was high on the list with terms like H1N1being thrown around in panicky status updates. “Celebrity Deaths” was also not much of a surprise after the summer the rich and famous had. The middle of the meme list is prey standard stuff: family, movies, sports. “Health Care” makes an appearance, as does “Lady Gaga” for some reason. The list ends with the always self-indulgent "I". Fitting, eh?
In a year when social networking became more commonplace than ever, this might have some real value. Have a look at the full list and detailed explanations of each entry at the story link above. Does this list describe your year?