LOLcat

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LOLcat

(ˈlɒlˌkæt)
n
an electronic image of a cat typically in a humorous pose and accompanied by a short message in the eccentrically spelled English used in many internet chatrooms, forums, etc
[C21: from LOL ‘laugh(ing) out loud’, an abbreviation commonly used in internet and text-message English]
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The forum also made internet memes like Lolcats, Caturday and Rickrolling popular.
Experimental C4, 8pm A sort of Rude Tube meets Top Gear (without the LOLCATs and casual racism) as two nerdy blokes copy something they've seen on the internet, especially if it looks dangerous, like riding a high-pressure hose, or racing against an underground train.
His cause was taken up by users of the website 4chan--the image board that spawned LOLcats and the hacker group Anonymous--who spread the (false) rumor that Quinn had traded sex with Kotaku writer Nathan Grayson in exchange for favorable reviews.
Master your reputation not only wants to engage emotion using the lolcats but also pays homage to the cat, a majestic and once respected animal which has become a powerful internet symbol, sometimes glorified, sometimes ridiculed.
Based on analysis of the nearly three million social accounts (early adopters, their friends and friends of friends) to which likehack's team has access, a typical, active information consumer and social user receives 284 shared content links daily and twice that number of clutter links, such as check-ins, lolcats and Instagram photos.
And as online denizens swarm like easily distracted locusts over every new data-mining project on the web before scurrying off to read LOLCats, web forum participants debate whether online "citizen science" might displace telescope-wielding amateurs altogether.
Some hang around for years, such as LOLCats, while others are relatively short-lived.
For example, LOLcats are goofy cat comics that any Internet user is capable of making.
Taken as a loose tradition, these practices have enabled the present aesthetic of mash-ups and remixes and recut movie trailers and fan fiction and macro memes and Lolcats and the thousands of other works constructed and uploaded and shared during the time it took you to read this essay.
Adam Ludwin, From LOLcats to Occupy Wall Street, Everything Is
Or, if that's too much reading, there's always the viral video going around, "The Day the LOLcats Died," to the tune of Don McLean's "American Pie.
No matter what the trends are, it's not all live social networking and LOLcats online and many bodies of traditional, sturdy structure enlist the power of the web to move out of the twilight of old media.