If Elon Musk Does Anything With Twitter, Memes Will Be Saved Thanks To This Man

A 107-page Google Doc file lists Twitter memes.
AFP A 107-page Google Doc file lists Twitter memes.

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A 107-page Google Doc file lists Twitter memes.

TWITTER – A meme-moire work. Since Elon Musk bought Twitter, the social network has lived to the rhythm of its owner’s changing desires and Internet users have been worried about the survival of the blue bird. But let them be reassured: an American has been recording all the memes he sees on the social network since 2019 in a 107-page Google doc that he has just shared.

“I periodically update this Google Doc which has had almost every Twitter meme template for years”tweeted on Nov. 13 Nathan Allebach, a creative director from Philadelphia. “If the ship sinks, you can keep these overused jokes as a gift. »

Originally, this document served as a resource for other social media managers to keep them informed of the latest trends on Twitter. “At first I only included memes that might be appropriate for brands, but I ended up adding as many trending formats as I could follow”he says in an interview for BuzzFeed.

This census also pays tribute to the creators of memes: “Hats off to all the brilliant people who create these meme formats and rarely get the credit they deserve! It’s easy to take inspiration from existing content, but original content creators are the backbone of the meme economy. »

The survival of Twitter threatened?

But since Elon Musk took power, the survival of Twitter as we know it seems compromised. The boss of Tesla is no longer a stroke of brilliance. The latest? He asked each employee individually to give themselves “ thoroughly » for the company, otherwise they would walk out. He has already announced the dismissal of many staff members – before recalling some of them.

Among the other changes, the obtaining of a certification in exchange for a subscription at 8 euros. Elon Musk temporarily suspended it because many fake accounts appeared. And some, belonging to personalities banned from the social network for various problematic remarks, such as Kanye West, have returned – while waiting for Donald Trump?

But what if Twitter crashes? Nathan Allebach, who has been using the social network since 2009, does not imagine that “Twitter is collapsing despite Musk’s best efforts. Replicating and growing a competitor profitably would be a tall order. But who knows? If Twitter goes down, we will all go down with it. » But part of his heritage will be saved forever.

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