What Makes a Good Viral Meme?

Posted: 18th July 2016 by jacekjozef2 in Journal
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What exactly is a viral internet meme you may be wondering? Well I’ll give a little definition for you. Viral memes are anything that is passed around electronically over the internet, and gains rapid and huge popularity. Eventually a meme will get many millions of views from people all over the world.

A meme can be something as simple as a picture, a joke, or even a viral video (most notably). You may have already seen or heard something viral on the internet. Some notable examples include Scumbag Steve, The RickRoll, The Double Rainbow Guy, and Chuck Testa.

That’s only a small number of memes, you have to understand that there are literally thousands of internet memes floating around out there right now…and the number rapidly grows every day.

Memes have the power to capture our full attention, entertain us wildly, and also give us the hope of being a viral star ourselves someday. There is something magical about a viral meme that really can’t be described. Once it catches on, it spreads like wildfire and really never stops.

Internet memes have become an integral part of our entertainment, culture, and daily lives. So all that being said, what exactly makes a good viral meme?

Well I’m glad you asked. There are several different characteristics of a good viral meme, but there are some qualities that are more notable than others. Most notably a viral meme should hook you emotionally in some kind of way. That’s not to say that it has to be sad or anything like that, but there should be an element that sort of “pulls you in” so to speak.

After all, it’s that “hook” element that draws you in time and time again and ultimately makes you share it with all your friends and family. Think about everything viral you’ve ever seen on the internet. OK well, as you could conclude they all had something that drew you in and captured your attention, even if it was only for a short time.

Good internet memes should also make you think (ideally) and challenge your mind in some way. It doesn’t have to be complicated though. It should just present something to you that you haven’t seen before. And if you really want to get a good reaction, make your meme or viral video have a comedic element to it. That’s sure to win people over.

It’s not all that hard to make viral memes, and with a little effort, and just by being yourself and expressing your true side, you should be able to pull it off.

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