How Cats Successfully Conquered the Web
Cats have been ruling over humans for centuries now. In ancient Egypt, they were thought of as sacred beings, believed to possess divine energy, and remains of carefully mummified cats have been proof of this. However, cats have also made their way into the virtual world and conquered our digital spaces since the rise of the internet in the 90s, when people shared pictures of cats via email. Their popularity therefore cannot be denied. Afterall, who doesn’t enjoy looking at pictures of cats either at work or from our homes at G Residen, Pantai Hillpark and Seni Mont Kiara?
Therefore, it’s safe to say that cats have successfully taken over the web, with the Museum of the Moving Image holding an exhibition aptly titled “How Cats Took Over the Internet” in 2015. As a result, cats have slowly risen to become internet celebrities in their own right, and become the subject of several videos and memes in recent years. But what were their humble beginnings like? We trace a brief history of their journey to fame, as well as highlight some of our favourite internet cats.
The Early Days (1998-2006)
The earliest form of cat media on the internet can be traced back to 1998 with the Giko cat, a character done in ASCII Art on the Japanese medium 2channel. The picture served as a representation of the phrase “please go away.” The character was followed by others on the channel, among these included Monā, who was introduced in 2000.
The very first cat video on the other hand, was posted on YouTube by co-founder Steve Chen in 2005 titled “Pajamas and Nick Drake,” and the first viral video followed a year later with “Puppy vs Cat,” that currently has over 16 million views. Today, the channel contains more than 2 million cat videos, totaling about 26 billion views in total – making it the most watched category on YouTube.
Watch the first cat video here:
LOLCat & the Rise of Cat Memes (2006-2012)
If you’ve been searching up cats on the internet from your apartments at G Residence for sale, and buy Pantai Hillpark property, then chances are you’ve come across the term “LOLCat” before. The word was first used by 4chan, an anonymous image board website, and the domain lolcats.com was officially registered in June 2006, and in 2014, the word was included in the Oxford English dictionary.
The LOLcat memes is an image macro featuring a picture of a cat with some grammatically incorrect text placed on it, that came to be known as “LOLspeak.” These memes were further made popular through the weblog “I Can Haz Cheezburger?” (ICHC), which was launched in 2007 and averagely received over 100 million views per month. Thus, LOLcats became an internet sensation by creating a whole new lingo or “internet speak”
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Famous Cat Characters (2010-Present)
Pusheen the Cat
There have been quite a few famous internet cats over the years, but few have stood the test of time. However, one such exception is Pusheen the cat, a lovable chubby feline who was first created in 2010, and since then has propelled to stardom by featuring in numerous comic strips, and Facebook stickers.
Other famous characters include the Nyan cat, an animated cartoon cat with a poptart for a body. The character first featured in a video which was uploaded to YouTube in 2011, featuring the feline running across space leaving a rainbow trail to a Japanese pop song. The video quickly became one of the most watched YouTube videos that year, as it crossed 1 million views within the first two weeks. Currently it has over 173 million views as of 2020.
Some real life cats have become internet celebrities, garnering thousands of dollars through YouTube advertisements! Read on to discover two of the web’s most popular felines, both of whom sadly passed away last year. Luckily, they’ve left their mark on the internet, and you can enjoy their hilarious memes and pictures from your homes at G Residence Kuala Lumpur, Seni Condominium Mont Kiara, and Pantai Hillpark Bangsar.
Grumpy Cat (2012-2019)
Tardar Sauce, or how the internet remembered this lovable mixed breed, “Grumpy Cat” was possibly the most loved celebrity on the web, garnering over 8.2 million followers on Facebook. She is fondly remembered for her famous grumpy expression, caused by feline dwarfism. Grumpy Cat has been the subject of many internet memes that typically included cynical text on a photograph of her, and she has made several media appearances, as well as featured in various advertising campaigns such as Friskies and Honey Nut Cheerios.
Lil Bub (2011-2019)
Lil Bub first gained prominence in 2011 when photographs of her were posted on Tumblr and Reddit by owner Mike Bridavsky. Lil Bub suffered from feline dwarfism as well as several other genetic mutations, which caused her to have a unique appearance. The feline made several visits to animal shelters in order to raise donations, and posed for PETA campaigns to spread awareness about neutering. Moreover, she made media appearances on shows like “Good Morning America,” and starred in her own documentary Lil Bub & Friendz released in 2013.