Know How To Pronounce “Meme”

Does “meme” rhyme with “Mimi”? Or is it like “mem” in “memory”?  Well, it turns out, it has a silent “k” in front, as in “Know Your Meme“.

I’m very happy to announce that Cheezburger has acquired Know Your Meme. In addition to acquiring the popular site and video series, we have open a new office in Manhattan and expect to add staff at Cheezburger East, as we call it.

We’ve been on the entertainment side of the meme and viral world for more than 3 years, but we’ve always felt that providing context and research to the public about how memes and viral phenomena come about was an important aspect that we lacked. So in January, I reached out to Andrew Baron, the CEO and Founder of Rocketboom, who ran Know Your Meme.

We’ve been very impressed with the success and quality of work by the Know Your Meme community and its researchers and editors. We plan on adding more resources to improve the site and quality of research.

As always, our open positions are listed at jobs.cheezburger.com.

Press release below.

P.S. “Meme” rhymes with “team”

Cheezburger Acquires Know Your Meme

Seattle, WA, March 28, 2011 – Cheezburger (www.cheezburger.com), the Internet publisher best known for popularizing LOLcats, FAILS, and other Internet memes, today announced it has acquired Know Your Meme, the most authoritative site that researches and documents the history and origins of Internet memes and viral phenomena. Created by Rocketboom, a leading Internet video network founded by Andrew Baron, Know Your Meme is dedicated to giving people an accurate inside look at up-and-coming as well as already viral Internet memes. The research by Know Your Meme includes current trending topics like “Rebecca Black – Friday”, an amateur “musician” who soared into the Internet’s eye for her music video “Friday”, and “Zangief Kid”, a video clip and remixes of a fight in school where a boy being bullied unleashes a video-game style smackdown on the bully.

“I’m excited to see the Know Your Meme community joining the Cheezburger community,” said Ben Huh, CEO and founder of Cheezburger. “Since Cheezburger is the playground of choice for millions of Internet culture fans, this acquisition is a natural compliment for our community. Now, in addition to delivering 5 minutes of happiness through I Can Has Cheezburger?, FAIL Blog, Memebase, and The Daily What, we can help the public understand the origins of memes and how content goes viral on the Web.”

“Thanks to the amazing community, Know Your Meme has become the Internet’s go-to resource for understanding meme culture,” said Andrew Baron, founder of Rocketboom. “The academic rigor and unique tool set provides a foundation which people really respond to. ”

Internet Memes versus Viral Content
An Internet meme is a piece of content or an idea that’s passed from person to person, changing and evolving along the way. A piece of content that is passed from person to person, but does not evolve or change during the transmission process is considered viral content.

About Rocketboom
Rocketboom is a daily international news and entertainment network of online programming based in New York City. The company covers and creates a wide range of information and commentary from top news stories to contemporary internet culture.

About Cheezburger
Cheezburger, the company which publishes popular sites such as I Can Has Cheezburger?, FAIL Blog, Memebase, and The Daily What, is one of the largest online humor publishers in the world where millions of people come every month to get their 5-minutes of happiness. Cheezburger counts a passionate fan base of 17.5 million people who upload more than 500,000 pictures and videos as well as view 400 million pages and 110 million videos each month. The company has been profitable since its inception with revenue from advertising, traditional media publishing including books, and merchandising.

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Cheezburger, I Can Has Cheezburger?, FAIL Blog, Know Your Meme, Memebase, The Daily What and their respective logos are trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of Cheezburger, Inc. Other products and company names mentioned are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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New feature: Show Conversation

Do you wish you could easily see the stream of messages between you and one of your cheezfriends? What a coincidence, so do I! Also, I wish for a pony. And world peace. And infinite wishes.

Luckily, the cheeztechs are able to grant one of those wishes today with the new “Show Conversation” feature. WINNING.

Simply go to your Messages and look for the little “Show Conversation” link.

Screenshot of Show Conversation link

Click on it and voila! You can see all messages between you and the sender.

Screenshot for View Conversation page

And there you have it. Enjoy! As always, let us know if you have questions or comments.

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Insanity Wolf's Cave of Insanity Collectibles now on Memebase!

Gross. On second thought, if you’re looking for new collectibles, might we recommend that you just head over to Memebase and check out the brand new Insanity Wolf’s Cave of Insanity set? IT’S INSANE! I CAN’T FEEL MY LEGS! AAAAHHHH! Ahem, and then don’t forget to go back everyday for your chance to earn another collectible.

NOTE: As you can tell by the expression on that scary wolf’s face and my gratuitous use of caps lock, Memebase has a different tone than other Cheezburger and FAILblog sites. It is definitely not for everyone. We’ve added a new feature behind the scenes where anyone who doesn’t visit Memebase and doesn’t have any Memebase collectibles will not see these new collectibles.

There, are all the sane people gone? Is it just you and me and Charlie Sheen and Insanity Wolf? Phew. Good, because if you’re like me, you have a fever, and the only cure is more collectibles! Here’s a preview of one of the new collectibles:

Listen to Charlie Sheen and Insanity Wolf. Be bi-winners. Win a collectible today, come back tomorrow, win again.

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Insanity Wolf’s Cave of Insanity Collectibles now on Memebase!

Gross. On second thought, if you’re looking for new collectibles, might we recommend that you just head over to Memebase and check out the brand new Insanity Wolf’s Cave of Insanity set? IT’S INSANE! I CAN’T FEEL MY LEGS! AAAAHHHH! Ahem, and then don’t forget to go back everyday for your chance to earn another collectible.

NOTE: As you can tell by the expression on that scary wolf’s face and my gratuitous use of caps lock, Memebase has a different tone than other Cheezburger and FAILblog sites. It is definitely not for everyone. We’ve added a new feature behind the scenes where anyone who doesn’t visit Memebase and doesn’t have any Memebase collectibles will not see these new collectibles.

There, are all the sane people gone? Is it just you and me and Charlie Sheen and Insanity Wolf? Phew. Good, because if you’re like me, you have a fever, and the only cure is more collectibles! Here’s a preview of one of the new collectibles:

Listen to Charlie Sheen and Insanity Wolf. Be bi-winners. Win a collectible today, come back tomorrow, win again.

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Burger in the Spotlight

You know that feeling when you get a letter in the mail? The envelope is a bit worn and crinkled at the corners, your name handwritten on the front looks more beautiful than you could ever imagine, your eyes glaze over and it sparkles. You rush your beloved letter inside, lie it down on the table, look at it for one more perfect moment and then rip it open to reveal its contents.

We were able to experience this magical scenario last week when we received a personal letter here at CheezHQ. Abigail, a 10-year-old Cheezburger enthusiast and artist extraordinaire sent us this fabulous piece of art that very accurately illustrates what life is like on Cheezburger Planet, pure bliss:

We think Abigail is awesome, soooo we interviewed her:

So, Abigail, what’s your favorite Cheezburger LOL?
Happy Cat Firin’ his lazor

And, what’s your favorite thing to say in LOLspeak?
I can has noms?

Now, do you have any cats? If so, how many?
Yes, two…Bear and Bella

And, if you were a cat, what would your name be? What would you look like?
My cat name would be Snowflakes and I would be blue with silver spots

So, other than surfing ICHC, what do you do in your spare time?
Go on Memebase, watch TV, play on my DS, hang out with my friends, play violin (and in the summer I swim a lot!) …. I also spend a lot of time procrastinating with doing my homework.

Oh, what grade in school are you?
5th grade

And, what’s your favorite subject?
Science

A quick random question: what did you have for breakfast?
Cocoa pebbles, even though I prefer chocolate chip waffles

And, we have to ask: how long have you been drawing?
As long as I could hold a pencil…

Yep, Abigail’s brilliant … and now everyone knows, we don’t turn down fan art (hint hint)

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New Year's Rezolshunz Set to Retire

If your new year’s resolution was to collect every ICHC collectible (and why wouldn’t it be?), I regret to inform you that we will be retiring the New Year’s Rezolshunz collectible set soon. But fret not! You have through February 23rd to earn or purchase them. And as always, there are more new sets on the way!

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New Year’s Rezolshunz Set to Retire

If your new year’s resolution was to collect every ICHC collectible (and why wouldn’t it be?), I regret to inform you that we will be retiring the New Year’s Rezolshunz collectible set soon. But fret not! You have through February 23rd to earn or purchase them. And as always, there are more new sets on the way!

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