By Karen Pegueros
“I see blue and black stripes!” and “No, it is white and gold!” Remember when everybody was talking about “the dress?” It went viral in February of last year, and it all felt so important back in that moment, but as quickly as it rose to fame, it died down. Here are #2K15’s biggest moments.
Snapchat has been around since 2011, but only last year were geotags, special logos for locations, added; a student even made three for Coronado. In September 2015, Snapchat released its new filters like rainbow face, but in November, fees were added to select ones. Even for the debates that came to Vegas, filters were included with phrases like, “Deport Trump” and “Las Vegas Republican Debate.”
Hotline Bling gifs were all over social media since the music video was released on Oct. 26. Drake’s dance moves were photoshopped to show him hitting a tennis ball, throwing pizza rolls, playing basketball, and dancing to salsa music.
Dancing has always been around, but things like the ‘whip’,’nae-nae’, and the ’quan’ were so big, they were even incorporated in all of this school year’s first semester assemblies. All of the newest moves like the “drop” and the “dab” were incorporated into a song, “Bet You Can’t Do Like Me.”
Another popular challenge that arose last July was the “don’t judge challenge” intended to stop body shaming, but it backfired and ended up offending many people. The hashtag was later taken off of Instagram, Twitter, and Vine. Videos of things that irritate society such as not getting texts back from bae or not having the “ideal body image” were posted with #NowImMad.
A Youtube video called “Why You Always Lying,” with currently over 13 million views, was released in August and became a universal meme. Pepe is a character originally created in 2005 by Matt Furie from the comic series Boy’s Club, but it spread like wildfire in 2014 and was still a hit in ‘15.
According to the internet, the most recent meme, Demi Lovato’s secret twin sister, Poot, that had been locked in a basement since birth, came to life in October when a picture was taken of her first time outdoors. It was actually a picture of Lovato with washed-out lighting making it look like she was bald. Other celebrity memes included Joot, a low-quality picture of Justin Bieber, and Toot, also known as Becky, Taylor Swift’s evil twin sister.
There has been a lot written regarding the top social media trends for 2015. Challenges, gifs, Snapchat’s new filters, memes, and dances shaped 2015 into an eventful and social year.