Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I Can Has Cheezburger: Invasion of the LOLcats

On the Internet, people can hear your cat talking. All the time, in fact, thanks to the phenomenon of LOLcats (LOL for "laughing out loud"), those cute and often bizarre photos of cats with odd, badly spelled captions on them. (It's not known if cats really have terrible spelling and grammar, but it adds to the humorous appeal of LOLcats.)

One recent blog article claimed that studies showed that more than 50% of email flying around the Internet consisted of LOLcats. It was a tongue-in-cheek statement, but there's no doubt that LOLcats are an Internet phenomenon that shows no signs of slowing down.

One of the first LOLcat photos (possibly the first) seemed to be one with the caption "I Can Has Cheezburger," which is also the name of what might be the original LOLcats site,

At that site readers send in their own LOLcat samples, which they can put together easily with the site's "LOLcat builder." And like any good marketing business, has expanded by extending its brand, including "LOLdog" photos and LOL- photos with all kinds of other animals.

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