Cary Huang of Abacaba made a moving bar graph tracking the popularity of internet memes from 2004 to 2019. As you might expect, it moves dizzyingly fast. The data comes from the site Know Your Meme and from Google Trends. However, Know Your Meme only launched in 2007, and although it is a valuable resource, it's not as widely used as you might think. Huang admitted as much at the YouTube page, where he noted some egregious omissions and other errors. Still, it's neat to see how memes you may have forgotten about zoomed into our consciousness and then disappeared.
Warning: Looking up memes you are not familiar with may bring up NSFW and even offensive material, particularly in the earlier years of this study. Even the text titles of some are NSFW. Many of the safer ones can be brought up through Neatorama's search box.
-via Laughing Squid
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