25 Times Someone apos;broke The Internet apos; In The Last Decade
Jennifer Aniston became the latest star to 'break the internet' when she joined Instagram in October, and promptly set a new Guinness World Record for the fastest account to amass one million followers (it took five hours and 16 minutes).
But it's not just celebrities who have sent the internet into a spin. From Jeremy Meeks' 'hot felon' mugshot to the Ice Bucket Challenge - and did we ever get to the bottom of whether that dress was blue/black or white/gold? Here are the top viral moments from the last 10 years.
How many can you remember?
That Oscars selfie: When Ellen Degeneres hosted the 2014 Oscars she took a photo with her famous pals.
They included Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep, to name a few, so it's fair to say a lot of people (3.47 million) shared it. It went on to become[ ]- until a teenager's request for learn.medicaidalaska.com free chicken nuggets knocked it off the top spot in 2017.
The most liked-tweet in history: Barack Obama topped the list with this[ ] in the aftermath of the Charlottesville violence in 2017.
The photo of him smiling at children of different races was captioned: 'No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion.' It garnered 4.4 million likes and 1.6 million retweets.
The most-followed person on Instagram: Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo holds the top spot with a massive 188 million followers, and this photo of him announcing his allegiance to Juventus Football Club is his most popular post with 12.3 million likes.
Ariana Grande is next most-loved person on IG with 166 million followers. She's just a smidge above Selena Gomez, who has 160 million people following her every move.
Kim Kardashian's butt: When Kim Kardashian West posed on the cover of Paper magazine back in 2014 the caption actually read 'Break The Internet Kim Kardashian' - and break the internet it did.
Jean-Paul Goude's photos were a winking homage to his 1976 'Champagne Incident,' but the Kardashian version became a lot more famous than that. It spurred countless memes, had its own slot on Saturday Night Live and had us talking about it for weeks.
Caitlyn Jenner reveals she is transgender: Bruce Jenner went instantly viral when she revealed she would now be known as 'Caitlyn' on the cover of Vanity Fair in July 2015.
At the time Jenner [ ][ ] announcing the birth of daughter Stormi back in February 2018, it quickly became the most liked Instagram post ever, clocking up 18 million likes.
But then along came an egg...
The Instagram Egg: This parody post was set up by an advertising creative in London to try and knock Kylie Jenner's most-liked post off the top spot - and it worked.
The 'world record egg' photo was liked by [ ], smashing Kylie's record. The billionaire took the news well and responded with a [ ] of her breaking an egg on the pavement.
Jennifer Aniston joins Instagram: The 50-year-old literally broke her own Instagram account with [ ] in October 2019 when she posted this selfie with her Friends co-stars.
In just 12 hours she attracted almost five million followers (she now has 18.5 million) but fans eager to follow her couldn't at first as she received so many hits her page went down.
Beyonce's pregnancy picture: When Queen Bey announced she was pregnant with twins in 2017 she [ ].
It went on to become the most-liked Instagram post of that year, clocking up an impressive 11.1 million hearts.
When Meghan Markle went back on social media: OK, so it was a joint account with husband Prince Harry under their official name, now they are the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but their @[ ][ ], which topped one billion views.
Goofing around showing off his dance moves certainly paid off as it became the meme of 2015. Drake was also the most streamed artist on Spotify in 2015, 2016 and 2018.
Gangnam Style: It's the most famous dance since the Macarena - but who would have thought the most popular song of the 20th century would be from a Korean guy who couldn't speak English?
Psy's 2012 hit went on to become the [ ], racking up 3.4 billion plays and netting him a cool $8 million. Don't say you haven't done the dance...
When Zayn Malik quit One Direction: Teenage hearts broke everywhere when Zayn left 1D in 2015 - and the internet subsequently lost its mind.
[ ], the boy band star said: 'I'm leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight.' Fans on every social media platform pleaded with him to change his mind, while crying.
Ariana Grande's tribute to Mac Miller: Grande posted [ ] after the world learned of the rapper's unexpected death in September 2018.
There was no text to go with it, just Mac looking up at her when they were a couple. The simple but poignant image was liked 12.7 million times.
Trump's covfefe tweet: The President inadvertently invented a new word when he tweeted shortly after midnight on May 31, 2017: 'Despite the constant negative press covfefe.' The tweet was up for a few hours before it was deleted, but that was long enough for madness to erupt on the internet with thousands of people speculating what he meant.
His rival Hillary Clinton even got in the joke, tweeting: 'People in covfefe houses shouldn't throw covfefe.'
The Ice Bucket Challenge: Everyone from celebrities (here's Lindsay Lohan getting dunked by Jimmy Fallon) to then-US President Barack Obama took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge, which involved pouring ice cold water over your head and posting it on social media.
What started off as a movement to spread awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) - a progressive disease which affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord - raised over $150 million for charity and resulted in scientists discovering a new gene linked to the illness.
The Mannequin Challenge: After the Ice Bucket Challenge came the Mannequin Challenge.
The trend, which saw people remaining frozen in action like mannequins while a moving camera films them, became popular on Twitter and Instagram in November 2016. Here's Hillary Clinton giving it a go before the results of the presidential election.
Solange and Jay Z's elevator fight: When a video leaked of Beyonce's sister Solange attacking her brother-in-law Jay Z in a New York hotel elevator it quickly sent the internet into meltdown, sparking the hashtag #WhatJayZSaidToSolange.
The family released a statement saying 'our family has worked through it' - but that hasn't stopped us from speculating over what sparked the sisterly outburst ever since.
Madonna's speech at the MTV VMAs: She was supposed to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who had died a few days before the 2018 MTV VMAs.
But instead Madonna was accused of making the tribute about herself, sending the internet into a frenzy in the process. Many tweets asked: 'Does Madonna know Madonna didn't die?' Not her finest moment...
When Scarlett Johansson said she could play a tree: The Hollywood star has sparked recent controversy over some of her roles, including when she was set to play a transgender man (which never happened).
But she sent the internet into a spin when she hit back saying: 'I should be allowed to play any person, or any tree, or any animal because that is my job.' The internet didn't quite agree.
Melania's jacket: The First Lady sparked controversy when she was pictured wearing a jacket with the words 'I really don't care, do u?' on the back during a 2018 visit to a detained immigrant center in Texas.
Unsurprisingly, many people took offense and countless tweets critizing the coat began circulating shortly after the pictures emerged.
The death of Cecil The Lion: Virtually no one knew about Cecil The Lion when he was alive, but when American dentist and big-game hunter Walter Palmer killed him in 2015, the world took notice.
Celebrities including Jimmy Kimmel and Ricky Gervais condemned the killing, sympathizers donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to conservation charities and Cecil's image was emblazoned on the Empire State Building.
The dress that was blue/black or white/gold: Who can forget 'The Dress'?
A simple Tumblr post back in 2015 clearly showed a white and gold dress -- or a blue and black dress, thanks to a confounding trick of the eye. Within a week, there were more than 10 million tweets arguing about what became known as #thedress, with celebrities like Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian jumping into the fray.
(In case you were wondering, the real dress was actually blue and black.)