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Where to Find Viral Memes and Meme Trends

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A day doesn’t go by when you don’t come across a new meme on your social media feed! 

Memes. They’re everywhere.

From community pages to wedding invitations. Today, they’ve even made their way into our dad's inboxes and are even used in professional settings such as emails from the HR department. 

They’re the sensation of this decade and their use continues to grow. That's why we think you should know where to go to find trending memes. And while you're at it, you should also give making a meme a go by using our video meme generator

Jokes apart (pun intended), this blog will explore:

  • What is a meme?

  • Where to find viral memes?

  • A brief history of memes

  • How to create trending memes?

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What is a meme? 

A meme is an image, a video, or a piece of text, that is passed very quickly from one internet user to another, often with slight tweaks and changes that make it humorous. Memes like Grumpy Cat, Success Kid, Troll Face, The Dancing Baby, and sarcastic Willy Wonka are a few of the most popular and widely shared memes.

Where to find Viral Memes?

I’m sure you’ll agree that the Internet itself is a funny place. While scrolling through, we bump into all sorts of things from cat videos to overpriced retro shoes but where can we find viral trending memes? Before the memes are shared on social media they can be found on 9gag, Reddit and Imgur, and similar platforms.

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9gag 

Before Facebook became popular worldwide Ray Chan along with his co-founders from Hong Kong built this website so that people could share funny pictures and videos with ease. What started as a side project is now the most sort after website for memes! 

9gag has multiple categories to divide memes based on their types. The users can ‘upvote’ for a meme they like this way the popular memes show up on top. You can also engage in the comment section which is considered to be even more entertaining.

9GAG homepage - where to find trending memes

Reddit

Unlike 9gag, Reddit isn’t exclusively for memes; it's a social news aggregator and forum or discussion website that has a very active and vocal community. Here one can post, comment to discuss, upvote about anything they’d like. 

Over time, Reddit witnessed a massive growth in its meme community and as of today has around 430m+ active users adding to daily content full of fun.

There are several other communities on Reddit like r/funny and r/me_irl that are dedicated to creating and sharing relatable content on the platform.

These communities encourage sharing real-life content and create memes that reach out to people rather than focusing on creatives that involve heavy editing without a purpose. You can find videos of babies tumbling, confused cats, and other such content that’s based on light humor that is mostly candid and not rehearsed. Some of the memes are so hilarious that I had to take multiple breaks before I could finish this line.

Reddit homepage - where to find trending memes

Know Your Meme

Do you think that know everything about your meme? Think again. Know your meme is a database of memes on the internet. Apart from having the best collection of memes, it can give you detailed info about the origin of the meme, its creator, its history along with some fun facts about the same.

They offer a variety of categories to choose from according to the taste of the visitor. This website is popular amongst meme enthusiasts to such an extent that whenever someone wants to search for a particular meme they might have trouble finding it elsewhere, they’d rather search it here before looking anywhere else. They are active on their social media handles with a dedicated community and a loyal fan base.

Know your meme’s collection has very unique memes that are hilarious but might not receive the same visibility elsewhere. You can find some fresh video content under their videos section but since this platform commercializes on memes it is full of disruptive ads that pop up now and then. The navigation is very old school but the regular visitors love it this way as it gives out a vibe that reminds them of the bygone internet era. For a website that provides a detailed database for memes and their origin story, Know your meme is definitely the place you should find some of the most viral memes in history.

A brief History of Memes

Before it became the internet’s favorite the word, ‘meme’ was coined in 1976 by an evolutionary biologist named Richard Dawkins in his book The Selfish Gene. 

Let us take a look at the evolution of meme culture and how it took over the internet: 

Enough about consuming memes. Now let’s talk about the recipe for Viral Memes. 

How to create Trending Memes? Let’s get right into what you need to consider: - 

Are you keeping up to date about your surroundings? Everything that’s trending from fashion, movies, and even politics?

Everything that’s happening on social media and is in ‘trend’ can be a source of content and inspiration for you. 

To be a Meme King (the one who starts a trend), your meme needs to be original and appealing. With practice, you will get better at creating memes and will witness a growth in your sense of humor.

Relatability

Relatable memes are the easiest to create. They gain more engagement than every other meme-type. 

To create relatable memes using a meme maker you need to know your target audience – to whom will this meme appeal? 

Find out what they’re talking about on their social media. What is personal to them. You can also think about the issues you face personally on a day to day basis that are mildly funny to you. The moment you put these on a meme it amplifies and appeals to others as well. That's why memes can be effective Facebook ads.

Lastly, be yourself and bring your unique sense of humor to the meme. We’re sure you’ll notice the engagement starts soaring! 

Timing

Apart from being aware of trends and creating relatable memes you need to be quick to act because several others would want to jump up on trending topics on the internet and start creating memes. 

Timing your posts is very important as viral memes often generate curiosity as to who made it first?”. This could help you gain followers too! That’s why the sooner you post after you find something amusing, the chances it will garner more engagement are higher.

Now you have the magic formula to create viral memes, you need a meme generator.

With Clipchamp, you can create video memes that use all the trending effects and is your golden ticket into being a part of the zeitgeist and internet culture. Our editor has multiple ready-to-go templates for you, including the classic top-bottom text.

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Don’t forget to check out our handy step-by-step guide to making video memes before you get started with the meme generator.

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Written by Milind Mehta on December 3, 2020
About the Author

Milind Mehta is an actor, emcee, and voiceover artist with experience in the field of video production. He likes everything quirky and original. He writes to share his knowledge and put a smile on your face.

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