Anyone who spends any serious amount of time on the Web will be aware of Internet memes. At least those who venture into the useless-yet-entertaining side streets the Web has to offer. Those who are unaware what an Internet meme is just need to look at the picture to their right for an example. That’s Grumpy Cat, and those words are what I imagine he’s thinking right now.
An Internet meme is any piece of content that has spread online and been appropriated by others along the way. So, a single image can be manipulated numerous times and lose none of its original charm. This is distinct from most viral videos, which are instead shared in their original form.
It’s extremely difficult to originate a meme which takes off. It requires a perfect storm of timing, luck, and the original concept of possessing an innate shareability. However, it’s extremely easy to take an existing meme and add your own spin to it. The meme generator websites below make both possible, though some do it better than others.
Quickmeme is wall-to-wall memes. The homepage comprises featured memes made by other people. All of the best known memes are present, including The Most Interesting Man In The World, Overly Attached Girlfriend, and Success Kid (as pictured above).
To create your own you simply click on Make A Meme! and choose between adding your own caption to an existing meme or uploading a new meme from scratch. The method of adding a caption is very simple: you choose the top and bottom wording, the text style and wrapping, and the size and alignment. You can then save and share your creation.
Meme Generator is a great place to find new memes. The homepage is, as are all of the sites on this list, overflowing with captioned images. As well as the standard stock, including Bad Luck Brian (pictured above) there are new images and trending characters which may become the norm in the coming months.
You can get involved by clicking on either Generate An Image or Create A New Character. The former is the simplest method, seeing you once again adding your own caption to an existing character. The latter sees you either uploading an image or sourcing one from Google in order to become a creator rather than a remixer.
What Do U Meme? asks the titular question in the hopes you’ll respond. And judging by the number of custom memes added to the site people do so in droves. The homepage features popular memes, new memes, trending characters, and new characters. This includes Scumbag Steve (as pictured above).
To create your own you (or perhaps that should be “u“) simply click on Make A Meme to be given the option of creating one from scratch or merely adding your own spin to an existing one. The options are limited, but this means everything is kept simple and straightforward.
WeKnowMemes professes to know memes, and on the strength of the homepage alone I think it’s safe to say they do. Memes are segregated into various different categories, and there are also rage comics, animated GIFs, lists, and funny texts all adding to the entertainment factor.
Then there is the Meme Generator which presents you with a constantly updating gallery of submitted memes. By clicking on Create Meme you can add your own to the gallery. Once again you can upload your own image or instead merely append one already in existence. Which is exactly what I did with the meta Boromir offering pictured above.
Meme Center has several elements to it. The homepage offers an amazing array of the best memes created or shared across the site, and you can also pare them down by Featured, Recent, Top, and Hall Of Fame. Meme Center is also a social network of sorts, with users invited to create an account in order to fully engage.
In terms of meme creation tools, this site has the most to offer. There is the MemeBuilder, described as an “advanced meme making tool,” the Gifmaker, for those who prefer a little animation, and Quickmeme, which pares the process down to the bare essentials. The last option is for those who “ain’t got time” for anything more involved.
By the time you’re reading this paragraph I would hope you’ve headed for at least one of these sites and created your own meme, whether entirely from scratch or by building on an existing concept. In which case it’s now time to share your carefully constructed creation with others.
The best place to do this is Reddit, one of my picks as the wonders of the Web. There’s no guarantee it will be well-received but the more you try the more chance you have of making a breakthrough. If Reddit isn’t your thing then there’s always your social network of choice instead.
What do you think of the Internet meme? Is there any one in particular you love? Or hate? Which of the meme generators above did you find most to your liking? Or do you have another to add to the list? Whatever your thoughts are we’d love to hear them in the comments section below.