Not only videos and memes become viral online – a lot of people, particular photos, and events turn into Internet sensations over hours, some intentionally, others by mistake. Either way, when we think of 2014 in the next few years, several quite distinct images will pop up in our minds. These are the top 10 things that broke the Internet in 2014.
Kim Kardashian’s Cover on the Paper Magazine
The controversial cover that shows the reality star nude was widely criticized by some, while others praised her for her artful shoot. But nobody will stop talking about it any time soon – just the kind of buzz Kim obviously wanted to achieve.
The Potato Salad Kickstarter
You have probably seen or heard something about it – Zack Brown decided to start a Kickstarter to raise $10 for potato salad ingredients. Seriously? This joke actually became viral within few days and Brown raised more than $55,000.
The “Sexy Felon” Mugshot
The police department in Stockton, California, released the photo of Jeremy Meeks in June and the violent, yet quite attractive criminal turned into an Internet star. Is he really that handsome? The blue eyes probably have something to do with it.
Renee Zellweger’s New Look
Losing some weight and getting a facelift is one thing, but Renee Zellweger is something completely different. While the actress says she looks different because of healthier and happier lifestyle plus aging, the Internet is certain she has done something to her face. At one point, literally everyone was looking up her photos online.
The “Apparently” Kid
This was the video of 5-year-old Noah Ritter when he was asked a simple question by a TV reporter and suddenly he took the microphone and simply stole the show. The YouTube video has nearly 18,000 views.
The iPhone 6 Release
There’s always a huge buzz about everything Apple, but iPhone 6 was a real hit (and still is!). There were thousands of rumors before its release on September 19 and even more madness after that. People claimed it was bending, some even went further saying it was ripping out their hair – nothing really mattered as Apple sold over 10 million iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in just three days.
Taylor Swift’s “First Official Pop Album”
Basically, everything posted by Taylor Swift becomes an Internet sensation and her new album, “1989” wasn’t an exception. One of the music videos released from the album, “Shake It Off” has nearly 400 million views, while “Blank Space” gathered 24 million views within three days.
The Ice Bucket Challenge
The charity campaign went viral and various Hollywood stars and other celebrities, including people like Bill Gates, took part and poured ice-cold water on their heads. Others were more creative – Charlie Sheen used cash instead of water. But nobody could stay away from the funny, sometimes even dangerous, ice bucket challenge videos.
Solange and Jay Z Fight in the Elevator
That’s right – Beyonce’s sister Solange attacked her brother-in-law in a hotel elevator and the whole world saw it because of a security camera. The family didn’t explain what happened, but there were so many speculations, that will certainly remember this for a while.
Celebrity Nude Photo Leak
Hacked nude photos of celebs such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kirsten Dunst and Kate Upton leaked this summer, which caused total shock on the web. This accident was probably the event that made everyone realize that when it comes to smartphones and cloud storage, there’s no such thing as safety or security. Cyber attacks are becoming bolder and more dangerous, leaving major companies and even governments victims of data theft.