“Winning” Internet Memes of 2011 Featured in OnlineSchools.com Infographic

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As another year of celebrity breakdowns and new one-hit wonders comes to an end, OnlineSchools.com reflects on the ten best claims to fame, in the form of an Internet meme. From Charlie Sheen’s taste of tiger’s blood to the crude honey badger who climbed his way to the front pages of Huffington Post and Funny or Die, this year brought quite a humorous challenge for the next to top.

Memes are taking their place in the mainstream and we felt it was important to highlight their rise in popularity.

OnlineSchools.com, a digital resource for online education from kindergarten to graduate school, recently launched “Meme-ories” a look back at some of the most prominent pop culture figures in 2011. These figures paved the way for millions of YouTube views, user-generated Facebook photo uploads, and Saturday Night Live parody skits that have since infiltrated the Internet. Things like planking and a song about looking forward to the weekend were hits among students across the globe.

"We strive to make all of our infographics interesting and informational," said Seth Restaino, OnlineSchools.com spokesperson. "And this one is informational, but also super fun and inviting. Memes are taking their place in the mainstream and we felt it was important to highlight their rise in popularity."

Included in the list of top memes of 2011 is the recent worldwide movement surrounding the “Occupy Wall Street” protests. In late August, before Occupy protests began, a Tumblr blog was launched with the title “We are the 99 Percent.” The blog ran on user generated content, asking users to submit handwritten signs detailing how harsh financial situations have affected them. To date, over 3,000 photos have been submitted to the blog.

"I think the coolest part about memes is how diverse, spontaneous and easy they are to create," said Restaino. "Subjects vary and people really only need a camera or video recorder to make their own meme and get it to go viral. Plus, it is driven through social channels which make it all the more empowering. People are contributing to pop culture in a way they never could before."

As memes continue to increase in popularity, so do the careers responsible for creating them. Aspiring and future meme developers should check out “Emerging Career: Mobile App Development” to find out how they can sport a career in creating the next Internet sensation. For information related to online schooling and other education news, follow @OnlineSchools on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

About OnlineSchools.com
Launched in 2011, OnlineSchools.com provides a searchable directory of accredited schools serving current and potential online students at every grade level. The site advocates online learning and supports parents and students as they progress from one educational decision point to the next. OnlineSchools.com is owned and operated by QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: QNST), one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that meet their needs. The company is a leader in visitor friendly marketing practices. For more information, please visit QuinStreet.com.

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