Last week to vote: Cheezburger at SXSW 2013


Cheezburger wants to bring LOLs and memes to SXSW!

SXSW Interactive Festival voting runs through Friday, August 31st, so vote for Cheezburger now before the clock strikes twelve and our panels turn back into burgers, err, pumpkins. Click on each panel’s link to see a full description of the panel and sign in or register to cast your vote.

The Art of Making Fun of Yourself by Ben Huh, Cheezburger CEO
Can a sense of humor be strategic? In the age of hashtag fails and campaign flops, it’s crucial to use a dash of humor in your social recipe. How do you incorporate humor from the beginning of a process and not as an afterthought? By laughing at themselves, brands and agencies can diffuse conflict around campaigns in crisis, overcome messaging mess-ups, and put out fires with funny. It’s all about knowing when and how to deploy the humor bomb. CLICK HERE TO VOTE.

Memes: The New Pop Culture Super Format by Todd Sawicki, Cheezburger CRO
Memes have already taken over your Facebook newsfeed and now they’re aiming their lasers at Pop Culture. From Lipton Iced Tea hiring Scumbag Steve as a spokesperson to the TV show Community writing jokes that specifically translate into animated GIFs, memes are taking a leap into the mainstream. Why are Internet users — and especially Millennials — choosing to communicate via memes and social content? What is the science and theory behind the social spread of memes? Will the subjects of Internet memes break through to become not only social media stars but TV, advertising and movie stars? LOL and learn as we peel back the memes. CLICK HERE TO VOTE.

 

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Vote for Cheezburger panels at SXSW!


Cheezburger wants to bring LOLs and memes to SXSW!

The polling booths are open and it’s time to stuff your ballot into the Intertubes. Vote now for Cheezburger’s panels for the 2013 SXSW Interactive Festival! Click on each panel’s link to see a full description of the panel and sign in or register to cast your vote.

The Art of Making Fun of Yourself by Ben Huh, Cheezburger CEO
Can a sense of humor be strategic? In the age of hashtag fails and campaign flops, it’s crucial to use a dash of humor in your social recipe. How do you incorporate humor from the beginning of a process and not as an afterthought? By laughing at themselves, brands and agencies can diffuse conflict around campaigns in crisis, overcome messaging mess-ups, and put out fires with funny. It’s all about knowing when and how to deploy the humor bomb. CLICK HERE TO VOTE.

Memes: The New Pop Culture Super Format by Todd Sawicki, Cheezburger CRO
Memes have already taken over your Facebook newsfeed and now they’re aiming their lasers at Pop Culture. From Lipton Iced Tea hiring Scumbag Steve as a spokesperson to the TV show Community writing jokes that specifically translate into animated GIFs, memes are taking a leap into the mainstream. Why are Internet users — and especially Millennials — choosing to communicate via memes and social content? What is the science and theory behind the social spread of memes? Will the subjects of Internet memes break through to become not only social media stars but TV, advertising and movie stars? LOL and learn as we peel back the memes. CLICK HERE TO VOTE.

 

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Help Kickstart The Kitty Karaoke App!

Cheerio Burgers,

Did you know that cats love to sing karaoke? Well it’s true, and our friends at Jeltas Games have developed an app for it. They are working hard to fund this project on Kickstarter, which will help them launch the app for your iPhone and iPad that lets you create uproarious karaoke singing cat photos!

So how will this app work? Shashi, Anthony and Tom, the three buddies who started Jeltas Games, explain it best:

Aside from our backend, which consists of the usual magic pixie dust and tiny gnomes turning giant gears inside a cave far below the land of Mordor, the game is simple:

1. Start the app and pick a free kitty or use our advanced algorithm-fueled super kitty animator tool to create your own.
2. Pick a song and start singing. The cat will automatically match the music and record your voice while the song streams to your device.
3. Invite friends to sing different parts of the song or sing their own versions.
4. Get a score that tells you and your friends how accurate your singing is and receive catnip that can be redeemed for cool stuff: like bling, voice alterations, and super-secret songs.

Check out Business Cat singing karaoke to Robert Schwartzman’s I Know Why!

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The Kickstarter funding for this project ends on Monday, August 27. For more information about this app, check out their funding page and let’s help launch our next favorite app!

 

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The Beta is Now The Real Deal

Try out the new platform
by clicking your favorite
Cheezburger site below!

Change has always been constant here. Cheezburger began as a single site, evolved into a network of blogs, and is now a social platform where everyone can express humor through memes, sites, and friends.

To follow our mission to “make the world happy for five minutes a day,” it became clear that we would need to overhaul the Cheezburger technology platform. Since that realization 16 months ago, we’ve been building new technology from the ground up.

This transition started with the launch of Cheezburger Sites which gave you more control over how you express your sense of humor. Tens of thousands of you have created your own site on Cheezburger. It’s awesome.

The next phase is to move all the sites we operate to our new technology platform.

Leaving the Nest.

As regular visitors know, we have been “beta testing” this for several months: getting feedback and making the changes you’ve requested, such as comments, voting, recaptioning, etc. We can’t implement everyone’s request, but after four months, the surveys and data say it’s time for the new Cheezburger to fly.

Starting next week, Cheezburger will look different to some, (See: ICHC, FAIL Blog, Memebase, TDW) and will be served from our new technology platform. (If you’ve already been using the beta and have given us feedback, thank you.)

We’re Listening, and We’ll Keep Listening.

We firmly believe in making Cheezburger faster and easier to use, so that you can get your funny and share with your friends effortlessly. We know the road is long, and we’ll continue to listen.

Thank you for being with us on this amazing journey.

Sincerely,

Ben Huh

Founder and CEO
Cheezburger, Inc.

 

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Cheezburger Community News!

Hi Burgers,

On Monday, July 30, half of our community will automatically land on the new Cheezburger site. Instead of clicking to opt-in from the old Cheezburger version, half of you will be redirected to the new Cheezburger. You will still have the option to opt-out, but we do hope you’ll tell us why either here in the comments or by sending us an email.

Redirecting more people over to check out the new Cheezburger will give us the opportunity to hear more feedback about your experience and how well the sites perform for you.

In our blog post, Cheezburger Comments are Here!, we informed you about CheezTech working on the performance issues you reported. We discovered that these issues are related to a technical issue surrounding the infinite scroll feature. In order for us to fix these performance issues, we have to turn off infinite scroll for now. We may keep it off or we may provide an option for you to turn it on or off. We’ll keep you updated as we continue to research these issues. We know that so many of you love this feature, so we apologize for the inconvenience!

Sincerely,

Emily, Will and Heather (Tofu, dollydally81 and poppylady)
Cheezburger Community Team

 

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Cheezburger in the News: Ben Huh “Top 10 Virologist”

The Daily Beast recently named Ben Huh as a Top 10 Virologist in their Digital Power Index, a round-up of the people “shaping and changing the world” online. Congratulations, Ben!

 

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Declaration of Internet Freedom

We believe that a free and open Internet can bring about a better world. To keep the Internet free and open, we call on communities, industries, and countries to recognize these principles. We believe that they will help to bring about more creativity, more innovation, and more open societies.

We are joining an international movement to defend our freedoms because we believe that they are worth fighting for.

Cheezburger has signed on and worked to create this declaration, so we encourage you to help us discuss these principles on The Daily What — agree or disagree with them, debate them, translate them, make them your own, and broaden the discussion with your community — as only the Internet can make possible.

We will not be moderating comments here, so please visit this post on The Daily What to join the conversation!

 

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Cheezburger Comments Are Here!

Hey there Burgers!

We are excited to formally announce that we have launched Cheezburger Comments! When you are signed into your Cheezburger account, your username will automatically post with your comment. If you want to comment using a different username, you will have to sign out of your Cheezburger account, or open a different browser for the time being (we are checking to see if you can comment anonymously while signed into your Cheezburger account). Cheezburger Comments are available in addition to Facebook comments. We are still testing different layout options based on community input.

We’re very appreciative of all the thoughtful feedback you’ve been sending us about the new Cheezburger! Thank you for taking the time to participate in the conversation. Here is some helpful information based on the feedback we’ve been hearing:

We will be introducing new design elements to the content layout such as moving the title to the top of the post, modifying the comment and flag buttons and making the text font easier to read.

Some changes to navigation are being tested and designed based on your feedback.

The Search feature is coming back! We have temporarily removed it so that Dr. Tiny Cat can make it more functional for you to use!

CheezTech is working on improving performance. We know that for some of you the site loads slowly, and we will get this fixed soon.

If you experience any usability issues, please send us an email at contactus@cheezburger.com and please let us know what browser and version you use. We are happy to help you out!

Sincerely,

Emily, Will and Heather (Tofu, dollydally81 and poppylady)
Cheezburger Community Team

 

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Cheezburger Community News!

Hi Burgers!

Since we launched the new Cheezburger, we have provided everyone with the opportunity to opt-in and try it out. This has given us some really great feedback, but we want more!

On Tuesday, June 26, some of you will automatically land on the new Cheezburger site. This means that instead of clicking to opt-in, some of you will be redirected to the new Cheezburger. You will still have the option to opt-out, but we do hope you’ll tell us why. We are doing this so we can get even more people over to check out the new Cheezburger. This will give us the opportunity to hear more feedback about your experience!

We would love to hear what you think about this or answer any questions! Please feel free to post a comment here or email us directly at contactus@cheezburger.com.

Sincerely,

Emily, Will and Heather (Tofu, dollydally81 and poppylady)
Cheezburger Community Team

 

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Memes: The Next Big Thing for Brands

Peanut butter and jelly. Poptart cats and rainbows. Memes and advertising.

A recent Businessweek.com article focuses on the growing trend of brands like Nike, Nokia, Lipton, Vitamin Warer and others using Internet memes as part of their advertising. Why?

“Memes are a tremendous asset for brands because, like celebrities, they have an audience that recognizes and appreciates them.”

The familiar banners that have been vehicles for brand messaging in years past are now just one piece of the online advertising puzzle. It’s not always enough to just see a picture or animation of a product you might be interested in: consumers are also looking to connect with a brand by directly engaging them and creating and remixing their content.

The key will be staying true to your brand voice and your consumers and not trying to take it too far.
HuffPo: Banners Are Here to Stay

Cheezburger’s popular meme and humor platform is a proven method for promoting brands via native advertising. Because our users visit daily to create and remix memes and share their sense of humor with others, Cheezburger is a perfect place for them to also creatively engage with a brand’s identity.

Brands like Toyota Yaris and Kraft come to us for our experience with memes:

Sometimes our campaigns win awards:

Simply put: our knowledge of memes and our clever, funny audience (the most engaged of any humor publisher) make us the best place to promote your brand.

“You as the person who created something are not the most valuable person on the chain,” says Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger. … “The MVPs are the people who change it, appropriate it, and turn it into something greater.”

 

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