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A Quantitative Study of How Memes Spread

CmdrTaco posted more than 5 years ago | from the please-no-more-25-things dept.

Social Networks 219

rememberclifford writes "A survey of about 3,000 people who were tagged in a '25 Random Things About Me' note on Facebook found that memes spread through social networks in a remarkably similar way as diseases do. A biologist who looked at the data says that '"25 Things" authors can be seen as "contagious" under what's known as a "susceptible-infected-recovered" model for the spread of disease,' with a propagation factor of 0.27 in this case. But like an infection, the whole thing died out as quickly as it exploded once the number of 'victims' — people who were willing to write 25 things about themselves — was depleted." The '25 Things' meme was at least as annoying as a light flu.

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like a disease? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26826509)

memes spread by having sex with cmdrtaco at the glory hole?

Terrible News! Please read! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26826579)

At 10:28pm EST Rob Malda was rushed to the emergency room and was found to have a microscopic penis. Yes, folks, Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda, hero to many millions of slashdot nerds around the world, is hung like a 3 year old Asian boy.

Re:Terrible News! Please read! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26826855)

That explains why he's a pedo.

They should have surveyed (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26826515)

over 9,000.

Meme Theory 101 (4, Interesting)

broward (416376) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826695)

You guys are finally catching up to me.

http://www.realmeme.com/Main/theory101/index.jsp [realmeme.com]

Here's the mechanism for Naomi Klein's "Shock Doctrine"....

http://www.realmeme.com/Main/theory101/diffraction.jsp [realmeme.com]

You can determine patient zero entry points, periods of susceptibility, etc, through simple keyword counts and some semantic analysis.

Re:Meme Theory 101 (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26828899)

In my meme theory, a key indicator that meme growth is entering death phase [wikipedia.org] is when politicians pick it up.

Cf. the macarena with the Clintons and now CA Attorney Gen (and candidate for governor) Jerry Brown w/ 25 things (his fb page [facebook.com] )

Re:They should have surveyed (0, Redundant)

GigaHurtsMyRobot (1143329) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826805)

In Soviet Russia, memes spread YOU!

Re:They should have surveyed (5, Funny)

MrNaz (730548) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826913)

If the "25 Things" meme was akin to a light flu, then the damn Soviet Russia meme must be like the virus from 28 Days Later.

I only hope that it too causes the host to eventually die of starvation.

Re:They should have surveyed (2, Funny)

blueZ3 (744446) | more than 5 years ago | (#26828385)

I was thinking more like malaria. Every time you think you're "better" it's just gone into a quiescent phase--it always comes back.

Re:They should have surveyed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26828595)

In Soviet Russia, starvation dies of memes.

Re:They should have surveyed (1)

kbrasee (1379057) | more than 5 years ago | (#26828011)

What, 9,000?!?!

Re:They should have surveyed (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26828035)

in b4 404!

Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (5, Interesting)

fprintf (82740) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826533)

I think the Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell explained how this happens well. He said there are three rules for this kind of spreading of fads... the law of the few, stickiness factor and the power of context.

I won't repeat it all, however it seems to me that the best memes have a few central people, with lots of friends, who spread it around. Malcolm spends a great deal of time giving examples of how fads and trends all start by getting to one of these well connected communicators. His first example is of Paul Revere.

Re:Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (4, Informative)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826573)

Great book overall, but perhaps a little flawed.

He explained the spread of the Hush Puppy shoes by supposing it was started by a bunch of youths in New York City. He then concluded it was spread by viral marketing by such kids. Total circular logic with no evidence. Again, good book but it could have used a little more evidence to support its claims.

Re:Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26828109)

So what's your alternative theory, toolbox?

It's easy to be a critic when you have no other skills.

Re:Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26828645)

It's easy to be a critic when you have no other skills.

Pointing out that 2+2 does not equal 5 does not require any special demonstration on my part beyond pointing out that your math sucks.

Re:Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26828865)

however, you have to admire anyone who can convince you that 2+2 could be 5

Re:Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26829059)

Did you hear, did you hear? Don't tell Paul Revere!
Gandhi has ADD!
Incurable disease... you get it from toilet seats.

Annoying? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26826549)

I don't feel this was particularly annoying. I'm "friends" with quite a few people I don't know, and reading people's seems a pretty decent way of quickly getting to know someone, and what they're like. Similar to those "Where would you be right now if you had the choice" profiles on dating sites.

Re:Annoying? (1)

Nursie (632944) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826959)

"Similar to those "Where would you be right now if you had the choice" profiles on dating sites."

Is the next question "And why aren't you there? You only get one life you know".
People self limit in these things in such a weird way.

Re:Annoying? (1)

NewWorldDan (899800) | more than 5 years ago | (#26828127)

It could be a lot worse. I got rick-rolled yesterday. Hadn't happened in so long that I clicked a link without looking at where it was going first.

Re:Annoying? (1)

Reapman (740286) | more than 5 years ago | (#26828947)

I agree.. I thought it was something fun to do, I didn't feel a lot of pressure like I had to do this or someones dog somewhere would die or something. Normally I ignore these but eh.. not like I put anything up there that I wouldn't mind any of my friends knowing.

Granted I also didn't send it out to a "full" 25. Just people i thought might be interested in it.

Frankly although I found it very interesting I think this article went a little TOO indepth, but I imagine if your into marketing it might be useful.

What I'd like to know is what the hell those new "like" buttons are supposed to be used for.

How does this compare to email memes? (3, Interesting)

txoof (553270) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826557)

The "25 Things" meme reminded me of the chain emails that were ever so popular in the early to mid 90s. I wonder how the "rate of infection" on face book compares to a similar meme delivered by email. Specifically, I wonder if the public nature of "25 Things" invitations on facebook enhance its ability to be transmitted from one victim to another. Email is generally read in a very private way, where facebook invitations happen in front of your entire (online) social network.

Any thoughts on this?

Re:How does this compare to email memes? (3, Insightful)

bsDaemon (87307) | more than 5 years ago | (#26827605)

I got tagged to write a "25 thing" note fairly late in the game. I was mostly interested in seeing if I would get tagged at all. Once I did though, I was able to resist the urge to actually post it.

There's enough crap about me on FB already if anyone is actually interested.

Re:How does this compare to email memes? (2, Insightful)

Neko-kun (750955) | more than 5 years ago | (#26828975)

So would you say the Facebook spread is like the flu while email is like VD?

Re:How does this compare to email memes? (2, Interesting)

Areyoukiddingme (1289470) | more than 5 years ago | (#26829207)

I would say not. The state of Texas believed Barrack Obama is a Muslim at a rate double the rest of the country (~20% vs ~10%). The Texans I know were getting it spread exclusively through e-mail. The e-mail vector is at least as "contagious" as Facebook, if not more so. More people have e-mail accounts than Facebook accounts. Many people have multiple e-mail accounts and no Facebook account, including me.

(Incidentally, the Texans I know no longer believe Barrack Obama is a Muslim, solely on the basis that he used his left hand to sign his inauguration papers.)

Re:How does this compare to email memes? (2, Funny)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 5 years ago | (#26829493)

Incidentally, the Texans I know no longer believe Barrack Obama is a Muslim, solely on the basis that he used his left hand to sign his inauguration papers.

But doesn't that make him Satanic? I don't get it.

It's like the author... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26826569)

...never heard of it being called 'viral' for this explicit reason.

Is this a Rick Romano report?

So facebook spreads disease. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26826583)

I always suspected there was something infectious about facebook..

It seems to follow the herpes model too. Once you got it. It's forever!

Re:So facebook spreads disease. (4, Funny)

Paralizer (792155) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826719)

I first became aware of this during the act of using Facebook. A profound sense of fatigue... a feeling of emptiness followed. Luckily I was able to interpret these feelings correctly -- loss of essence. I can assure you it has not reoccurred. Facebook would sense my power and they would seek the life essence. I have since closed my account and I now deny them my essence.

Re:So facebook spreads disease. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26826777)

+1 Precious Bodily Fluids

Jack Ripper lives! (1)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826811)

Break out the distilled water and grain alcohol!

25 things was extremely wide-spread. (1, Interesting)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826617)

I got tagged by about three friends who were not in contact with each other. A nice demonstration for the Small World hypothesis.

Re:25 things was extremely wide-spread. (1)

raffnix (1472681) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826699)

A nice demonstration for the Small World hypothesis.

Maybe you just have friends who click on all the "your friend XXX has just added the YYY application, if you want to see how your ZZZ compares to his, click here". To see anything similar to a "small world" you would need a small diameter, yet a large clustering coefficient. Something like "Mark Zuckerberg is a friend of my friend's friend" and 80% of my friends are friends as well.

Easy. (5, Funny)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826619)

1. Someone posts something that's funny because it involves shared cultural reference and experience for that community.
2. It gets modded up +5 funny.
3. ???
4. Profit!

Re:Easy. (0, Redundant)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826859)

In Soviet Russia, memes spread you!

Re:Easy. (3, Funny)

zappepcs (820751) | more than 5 years ago | (#26827155)

Nothing is funnier about '25 things' than what Linus himself wrote in his blog [blogspot.com] , reproduced here for your convenience, in its entirety:

1. I get bored really easily.

Re:Easy. (1)

morgan_greywolf (835522) | more than 5 years ago | (#26828775)

25 reasons to read Linus' blog:

1. Because you get bored really easily.

Don't click the link! (2, Informative)

Rik Sweeney (471717) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826637)

It's a trap!

The real victims (1)

Trailer Trash (60756) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826639)

were those of us who kept having those stupid "25 things" posts pop up on our facebook home page from people we hardly know...

Actually, the *REAL* Real Victims... (1)

RobotRunAmok (595286) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826689)

...are the pseudo-journalists/analysts still writing stories using the word "meme."

Re:Actually, the *REAL* Real Victims... (2, Informative)

jeffasselin (566598) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826943)

Memes are a sociological phenomenon, and are studied seriously by sociologists.

Not that I think sociology is a proper science, mind you, but it's still something that should be and has been studied seriously.

Actually, the REAL victims IMHO (5, Insightful)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826951)

... are the dolts who still repeat something that sounded cool or smart when it was new, but in the meantime it's just retarded and offtopic. It's the people who, many years later, still think there's something clever or even shocking about a rickrolling (it was at least a pun when someone turned "duckrolling" into "rickrolling", but I doubt that most of the retards still doing it these days even know that), or even about the ever popular goatse link (we've all seen it already, there's hardly any shock value left in it), or talking in wikipedia tags ("[citation needed]" was witty when someone first spouted it, but in the meantime it just says "I'm too retarded to talk in complete sentences _or_ come up with an original witticism of my own"), or pretty much 99% of the phrases being recirculated. There's nothing witty, original, funny or shocking about being the millionth mindless clone using someone else's joke or wisecrack any more, but some people just can't seem to recover anyway.

Like in the infecection analogy, the healthy minds have dealt with it and moved on. The ones with a broken immune system (except in this case it's the IQ;) are still stuck with it after years, and still icapable of doing much more than spew more copies of the virus.

Honestly, I find these even more pityful than a journalist writing about memes once and then moving on.

Re:Actually, the REAL victims IMHO (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26827117)

tl;dr

Re:Actually, the REAL victims IMHO (4, Insightful)

corbettw (214229) | more than 5 years ago | (#26828177)

Lighten up, Francis. Witty catchphrases and bon mots have always found a way to enter the language; some die out, some continue for centuries or even millennia. After all, there's nothing new under the sun, and a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

Yes, some turn into tired cliches, and I agree with you that rickrolling needs to die. But if you disallowed people from using popculture catch phrases years after they were originally cool, you'd gut out about half of the language (and inadvertently cancel Family Guy).

Re:Actually, the REAL victims IMHO (1, Interesting)

Moraelin (679338) | more than 5 years ago | (#26828605)

1. I'm not proposing to disallow it. Plus it would be impossible to, anyway. But I can't help feeling like there is something broken about people whose mission in life is to spew trolling cliches or someone else's witticism _long_ after everyone else ceased finding it funny. As I was saying, I think they're the victims in that phenomenon.

2. There is a semantic difference. Pop culture phrases, sayings, etc, have specific meanings and only makes any sense if used in a context where that meaning fits.

To illustrate what I'm trying to say, let's think of the following purely hypothetical example:

Person A: "Cool, I got the phone number of that new girl in sales."
Person B: "You shouldn't cry over spilled milk."
Person A: "Huh? That makes no sense."
Person B: "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth."

What's the wrongest with it isn't the use of the "you shouldn't cry over spilled milk" and "don't look a gift horse in the mouth" cliches, but that they don't fit in that context at all. Semantically they just don't belong there.

That's really my "problem" with some of the meme-spewing retards in the various forums. They aren't just using some phrase to convey a meaning, they're just looking to parrot something that sounded smart once, even if it doesn't even fit the message they're answering to.

Re:Actually, the REAL victims IMHO (1)

santiagoanders (1357681) | more than 5 years ago | (#26829471)

... and still icapable of doing much more than spew more copies of the virus.

Honestly, I find these even more pityful than a journalist writing about memes once and then moving on.

I'm pityful: entirely icapable of using the built-in spell-checker.
In Soviet Russia, the icapable pity you!

Re:The real victims (0)

DikSeaCup (767041) | more than 5 years ago | (#26827001)

You know, when it comes to Facebook, there's a twisting of the definition of "friend". Are those people "we hardly know" really "friends"?

As the tech guy for a Library who made the logon accounts for everyone, even the Graduate Assistants (many of which I could never put faces to names or even saw most of the time) would find me due to me being "friends" with a Library coworker. I've found it hard, really, to say "no" to any of these people ...

Add to that the Library staff (or worse, former staff) that I don't really like, that ask me for Friend status ...

If I ever won the Lottery (yes, I know, odds and all that) I'd be defriending so many people the next time I hopped on Facebook ... Oh, to have the money that would ease the guilt of being an asshole ...

Re:The real victims (1)

HiVizDiver (640486) | more than 5 years ago | (#26827657)

I agree. I have almost 200 FB "friends" (I know that's not many in Facebook terms), but I'm REALLY friends with maybe 10 of them. Maybe. Most are coworkers, acquaintances, friends of friends, etc. I wouldn't mind hanging out with most of them in a social situation, but I wouldn't necessarily call them "friends" in the basic sense of the word.

Out of my peripheral vision (1)

internerdj (1319281) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826655)

The word memes looks alot like herpes. I've learned alot from this article, like not to skim the slashdot headlines.

Technically it's an STI (5, Insightful)

onion2k (203094) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826661)

Males will only have filled it in and passed it on if it was sent to them by a girl they want to sleep with, so it's more like some sort of sexually transmitted infection than flu.

Re:Technically it's an STI (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26827053)

You mean STD.

Re:Technically it's an STI (1)

digitig (1056110) | more than 5 years ago | (#26827303)

You mean STD.

"Subscriber Trunk Dialling" [wikipedia.org] ? Who uses dial-up for Facebook?

Re:Technically it's an STI (2, Informative)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 5 years ago | (#26827891)

No, we doctors are calling them STI's now because infection is more accurate a word than "disease". Not everyone who is infected manifests the symptoms (the disease), but they are still infected.

Re:Technically it's an STI (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26828231)

Ho-hum. So the use of 'STI' is spreading.

Was? (3, Interesting)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826663)

It's just hit here. I've had two copies of it in the last 24 hours, one of which was from someone who really should know better, and I'm expecting a swarm.

That's more of a chain letter, though; a meme that explicitly instructs that it be copied onward. That's nothing new, we've had chain letters for a hundred years or more, and religions for millennia. That's cheating. I'd be interested in seeing a study of the spread of a more passive meme, of which I'm sure there are over 9000 examples, at least in Soviet Russia. How do ideas spread among a population organically, without this lame 'now forward to all your friends' thing? Something along the lines of Dawkins' original study of citations of a scientific paper, and how they increase slowly as the meme spreads and then suddenly increase rapidly after some critical point. The same could be done with internet memes: perhaps an index of how many non-/b/tards are using a meme as an indicator of its popularity. Or indeed with fashion trends; I understand that some marketing firms have been known to identify the alpha child in a given playground and straight-out bribe him to wear their brands...

Re:Was? (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26829449)

You hit the nail on the head. This is the study of the forced, artificial spread of a meme - someone Tried to start it. That's interesting, but as you say, the accidental spread of a meme is far moreso. Besides just being interesting in its own right, advertisers would love to know how it works so that they can utilize the technique in astroturfing.

Real question... (2, Interesting)

Fez (468752) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826673)

The real question remains unanswered: Just how do you pronounce "meme"?

The dictionary says "meem", but I hear "may-may" and "me-me" often.

Real answer... (4, Informative)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826767)

Meme is pronounced similarly to gene. Is that "jeen", "jay nay", or "jee nee"? :)

Re:Real question... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26826783)

I remember talking about this word in grade school, oddly enough...

It's pronounced "mem meee" as far as I knew. Memetics (mÄ"-mÄt'Äks) is structually similar to it... mem...metics. Hrm. Dunno.

I've known of the word well before the internets and always remembered it as "remember me", meme... mem-me. Interesting I'd remember a close enough expansion of the word due to mnemonics which is essentially an action/example the word itself. (If it gets remembered as such by others)

Remember me, meme. It was a rhyme taught to me in gradeschool. Another variation: Memory, Mem-me, meme.

If anything, "Remember" and "Memory" should fairly indicate pronunciation as it would be consistent (though the English language often isn't)... I'd still be too tempted to add that second syllable but "Mem" seems more reasonable than "meem"...

We don't say "Meemory" or "Remeember"...

Just my take on it.

Re:Real question... (5, Informative)

KeithJM (1024071) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826935)

I remember talking about this word in grade school, oddly enough... It's pronounced "mem meee"

I have two links for you. First, folk etymology is when you try to reconstruct the orgin of the word based on something other than actual research: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Folk_etymology [wikipedia.org]

Second, the word meme was coined by Richard Dawkins (a biologist) to explain how ideas can pass from one person to a next and change slightly, just like genes. He says the word is pronounced to rhyme with "gene," and he should know, since he made it up. With all apologies to your grade school classmates, of course.

Oh, here's your second link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meme [wikipedia.org]

Re:Real question... (1)

Fez (468752) | more than 5 years ago | (#26829001)

I am inclined to side with you, and The Wiki, and the Dictionary, and the Coiner of the word.

I really prefer "meem", as the other pronunciations all sound weird. Well, more weird than "meem".

I was hoping this was not a case like Giga, where it is really supposed to be pronounced like "Gigantic" (Or if you're Doc Brown, "Jigga"), but culturally so many people say "gig-ah" that the real pronunciation has been all but lost.

Re:Real question... (5, Funny)

ahem (174666) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826807)

Wait a minute. I think you're trying to start a meme about how to pronounce meme.

I CALL SHENANIGANS!

Re:Real question... (5, Funny)

CyberKnet (184349) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826931)

Mr. Shenanigans is calling from Soviet Russia on line 1.

Re:Real question... (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 5 years ago | (#26827817)

coffee all over the keyboard - thanks! :)

Re:Real question... (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 5 years ago | (#26829383)

I swear to God I'm going to pistol whip the next guy who says "Shenanigans".

Re:Real question... (1)

Shrike82 (1471633) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826849)

You asked and answered your own question. It's to rhyme with "theme" as per the dictionary. I can only suggest that you physically punish anyone saying "may-may" or "me-me".

Re:Real question... (1)

mikael_j (106439) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826997)

Wasn't this one of the "troll memes" on /b/ a while back? With the regular "your pronouncing it wrong, its pronounced 'me-me'. Also, your = you are and its = it is. gb2gaia".

/Mikael

Please forward this to 25 people... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26826679)

Since when is Meme the new word for Chain Letter?

Thank You (1)

geoffrobinson (109879) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826773)

Doesn't meme mean some sort of belief? Not a type of post on Facebook.

Re:Please forward this to 25 people... (1)

Hanners1979 (959741) | more than 5 years ago | (#26828381)

Didn't you get the letter?

Memes and Disease (4, Insightful)

salesgeek (263995) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826707)

This just in: a method of studying the spread of ideas that attempts to use viral disease as it's model finds that ideas spread like viral disease.

There's a cure here (2, Funny)

johannesg (664142) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826709)

Memes can turn into a serious problem for society. Fortunately our future Martian overlords know just how to deal with it, as witnessed here [project-apollo.net] . This is why it is imperative that we visit Mars and set up colonies there...

A preemptive warning: (2, Funny)

snarfies (115214) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826747)

Rules 1 and 2, brothers.

Re:A preemptive warning: (5, Funny)

snspdaarf (1314399) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826839)

1. Never get involved in a land war in Asia

>p>2. Never go up against a Sicilian when death is on the line.

What does that have to do with Facebook? Other than the "death" part?

Re:A preemptive warning: (4, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826911)

That tag, I don't think it means what you think it means.

Re:A preemptive warning: (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26827435)

Oh please. You think anyone on the internet doesn't know now? The game was up when the protestfags started doing their thing.

By the way, you just lost.

Big difference (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26826827)

The biggest difference is that you can choose to not be "contagious" when it comes to forwarding your annoying "disease" onto someone else. If only the flu appeared as a douchebag with a popped collar, I would feel so much better right now.

Patient Zero for "stupid flash graphs" (1)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826863)

Making those graphs into Flash animations provided zero useful information, as is typical for flash snippets.

I want to find "patient zero" for the idea that animating the drawing of a static graph was cool, and go back in time and force-feed him a copy of "The Visual Display of Qualitative Information" until he's coughing up statistics.

Feeding myself a dictionary... (3, Funny)

argent (18001) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826887)

"Quantitative", you idiot.

Introducing the antisocial meme (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26826891)

  1. My personal life is none of your business.
  2. If you knew me on a personal level, you wouldn't have bothered tagging me (see point 1 above).

Re:Introducing the antisocial meme (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26828137)

Is that you, Ehud?

No need to RTFA (1)

voltheir (1087207) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826903)

14 year olds on 4chan rule teh interwebs.

Re:No need to RTFA (1)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 5 years ago | (#26827363)

SPREAD A MEME

(advice dog) [cox.net]

TROLL SLASHDOT

Re:No need to RTFA (1)

meringuoid (568297) | more than 5 years ago | (#26827941)

14 year olds on 4chan rule teh interwebs.
14 year olds on 4chan
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Now I feel better... (4, Funny)

russotto (537200) | more than 5 years ago | (#26826957)

I thought that by ignoring all that crap I was being my usual antisocial self. But it turns out, I'm actually like a naturally immune member of the population.

Whereas... (1)

Alaren (682568) | more than 5 years ago | (#26828657)

Whereas I was "tagged" by someone who was genuinely interested in my answers. So I filled out the meme as a favor to him and declined to "tag" anyone else, much the way I'll occasionally read chain mail from relatives but I never pass it along.

So what's the medical opposite of a Typhoid Mary [wikipedia.org] ?

This is all well and good but I want to know... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26826979)

How is memme formed?

Re:This is all well and good but I want to know... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26828089)

How is memme formed?

I accidentally an entire meme, is this bad?

Re:This is all well and good but I want to know... (1)

weirdo557 (959623) | more than 5 years ago | (#26828839)

you have to way instain the poster

Screw You Too (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26827037)

I enjoyed it very much, thank you.

Me! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26827059)

Me! Me! Meeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

Memetics? (1)

AdamHaun (43173) | more than 5 years ago | (#26827337)

Isn't memetics dead, or at least no longer of interest? I thought the main journal had shut down and Susan Blackmore et al had moved on.

Re:Memetics? (1)

joelholdsworth (1095165) | more than 5 years ago | (#26827619)

Yes I thought that to. It's not really a surprise - after all it only came about because Richard Dawkins made it up just so he could tell Christians that they had a virus in their mind.

Ice Stone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26827445)

Is it too soon to remind everyone that the Ice Stone has melted?

We need help now....!! (1)

Beat The Odds (1109173) | more than 5 years ago | (#26827995)

These memes are spreading like wildfire. Has anyone notified the CDC?

I was infected by this meme. (1)

The Master Magician (4982) | more than 5 years ago | (#26828303)

I'm actually immune to email spam and chain letters. I didn't have enough exposure to Facebook to build up an immunity. I tried to fight it off and waited several weeks, but after about five people I knew sent me one of these I found myself writing one and sending it off to other people to spread the infection further.

Now I've seen a few other note memes like this and I don't feel compelled to follow. I think my immunity has kicked in.

Oh I can answer this one! (1)

binaryseraph (955557) | more than 5 years ago | (#26828465)

I think we can blame Moron to Moron interactions. I mean really- what is worse? The 'meme' itself or the person you actually took the time to fill it out and post it?

Why the need for the snooty (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#26828489)

"The '25 Things' meme was at least as annoying as a light flu."

Why did this phenomenon annoy people? Were you not free to abstain from it on every level? Don't want to read someone's 25 things? How about you don't! Don't want to post 25 of your own things? How about you don't!

There was an article on time.com where the author felt the need to rant about 25 things. How she didn't want to find out all those horribly personal things about people. How it was annoying. DON'T READ THEM, MORON.

I've actually enjoyed reading all of the 25 things for people I care about. I didn't read them for people I wasn't interested in, as I imagine people who were interested in mine didn't read them.

Grow a brain people. Your life will be much better for it.

Avoided (1)

uneek (107167) | more than 5 years ago | (#26829185)

In case anyone cares, I resisted this plague.

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