50 Viral Images Part Two
My original 50 viral images (and how they spread) post turned out to be extremely successful and was read quite a few times to say the least. I was surprised so many people were interested as the images in there had already been passed around social media to death.
With that said, I failed to consider most people don’t spend nearly as much time on the web as I do.
Seeing as the first viral images post was published June 15, 2008 we’re passed due for a fresh one.
Again, as I said in the previous post:
Unfortunately due to the nature of images on the web (images being copied, posted without attribution, shared via email and public hosting services, being submitted anonymously, rexmied, etc.) it is difficult for me to give proper attribution of these images. If I posted one of your images and you’d like a link or attribution, please drop me a line and I will add that. Notice many people embed their website URL or source directly into the image. This is a smart move and is a great way to make it easy for people to share your image yet retain proper attribution.
I hope you will click the link in the first sentence of this post, as part one explains the point of these posts – to give you a quick snapshot of the types of images being viewed and shared hundreds of thousands (sometimes millions) of times.
Images are perhaps the most powerful form of content to spread on the web due to their portability, instant gratification, and impact. Studying the images that resonate is vital to learn how you can package your own ideas in similar formats to successfully spread.
Fair warning: if you spend as much time as I do immersed in web culture, then many of these images won’t be new to you.
Let’s get right into it – I used a few subheads this time to separate these a bit, and added captions above images and credit below (where available):
Infographics, charts and graphs:
Difference between a stone and an iphone
Average IQ’s across professions
Making fun of pie charts is a classic
Devolution of philosophy?
The Rubik’s Cube, solved
found via Gizmodo
PC > Mac:
From XKCD, a popular webcomic
Unknown, but great
From Gaping Void
Physics isn’t that hard…
You can’t blame the kid, too good a setup
Creative ad for Career Junction:
I love this campaign
LOLcats make it off the internet, and into the comics
Old ads are another classic viral image
How is it even possible to make this mistake?
Don’t mess with geeks:
Weather and nature images
image via nasa.gov
Amazing walls of snow
image credit: focuswildlife.com
We need to talk…
Clouds attacking the mountain
A school of stingrays
When waves collide
found via jpgmag.com
Stunning tree, just beautiful
What do you think – Photoshopped or not?
Just an awesome photo
Something isn’t right about this one…
You can do it little buddy
Not sure what they thought would happen by doing this
Great advertising by 3M – that is real money in there, they definitely believe in the product
found via 37 signals
Why you can’t trust automated translators
found via AdWeek
Just a normal work lunch
Chicago from above (image credit: Chris Alexander)
Tijuana meets San Diego
image credit: nasa.gov
Beware of the sign
found via latimes.com
That’s got to be the weirdest Ebay feedback I’ve ever seen
Windows vista source code released
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