Fail Blog


Fail Blog typeset as FAIL Blog is a comedic blog website created in January 2008[2]

FAIL Blog features disastrous mishaps and general stupidity in photos and video which have captions such as "fail", "epic fail", "X Fail", or "X; You're doin' it wrong" X being the activity at which the subject has failed There are also multiple sites under the FAIL Blog brand, including Failbook which features FAILs on Facebook, Ugliest Tattoos, and There, I Fixed It[3][4][5] The website has also triggered a meme that contains bad grammar usually posted in the comments of Failblog videos, "Did he died"

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Reception and influence
  • 3 See also
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

History

In January 2008, FAIL Blog was launched The site grew steadily in popularity; in May 2008, FAIL Blog was sold to Pet Holdings Inc now Cheezburger Inc, becoming part of the Cheezburger Network[6] Ben Huh notes that FAIL Blog "really started to take off when the financial industry decided to — ahem — fail"[2] As an example, at a Senate hearing in September 2008, a demonstrator held up a sign reading “FAIL” behind Henry Paulson, the former Treasury secretary, and Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve[2] By January 2010, FAIL Blog was receiving 11 million unique visitors per month[7]

Reception and influence

FAIL Blog won two Webby Awards in 2009, for People's Voice in Humor and Weird[8][9] The site has been profiled in most world publications: The Times named FAIL blog their #3 comedy website, The Los Angeles Times called FAIL Blog, a "fan favorite," Time magazine noted that FAIL Blog has "helped popularize fail as both a noun and an exclamation, not to mention an easier-to-spell synonym for schadenfreude," and The New York Times called it a “runaway hit”[2][10][11] The site is also commonly referenced in popular culture; The Huffington Post called Netflix a “walking failblog” in reference to their July 2011 pricing change and The Atlantic called a Chris Coghlan baseball blunder "a debacle worthy of FAIL Blog"[12][13]

In July 2009, FAIL Blog posted a screenshot of the Guinness record webpage for "Most Individuals Killed in a Terrorist Attack" which was accompanied with a "Break this record" link Guinness threatened legal action, and the story was picked up by TechCrunch and CNET[14][15]

See also

  • Failbook
  • I Can Has Cheezburger
  • List of Internet phenomena

References

  1. ^ "Failblogorg Site Info" Alexa Internet Retrieved 2014-04-01 
  2. ^ a b c d Zimmer, Ben Aug 7, 2009 "How Fail Went From Verb to Interjection" The New York Times Retrieved Sep 9, 2009 
  3. ^ Failbook Official Website
  4. ^ There I Fixed It
  5. ^ Ugliest Tattoos Official Website
  6. ^ "I Can Has Internet Millions: The company behind lolcats and Failblog tries to turn memes into money" Slate Mar 20, 2009 Retrieved Sep 9, 2009 
  7. ^ Raftery, Brian King of Cheez: The Internet’s Meme Maestro Turns Junk Into Gold Wired January 25, 2010
  8. ^ "Fail Blog wins 2009 Webby Award" ChannelAPAcom Jun 9, 2009 Retrieved Sep 9, 2009 
  9. ^ Orlaff, Brian Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Fallon Win Big at the Webbys People May 5, 2009
  10. ^ Fitzpatrick, Laura Building a Media Empire Around I Can Has Cheezburger TIME August 24, 2009
  11. ^ Mcedward, Laura Entrepreneur’s Kitty Site Now A Caboodle The Los Angeles Times September 23, 2008
  12. ^ Simspon, Jake Beyond Chris Coghlan: Top 5 Sports Celebration Fails The Atlantic July 28, 2010
  13. ^ Gilbert, Jason Netflix, Despite The Price Hike And Nightmare PR, Is Still The Best In Field Huffington Post July 29, 2011
  14. ^ "The 404 381: Where we gotta stay positive" CNET News July 14, 2009 Retrieved Sep 9, 2009 
  15. ^ "Guinness World Records Reaches New Levels Of Fail" TechCrunch July 13, 2009 Retrieved Sep 9, 2009 

External links

  • FAIL Blog
  • FAILBlogorg's channel on YouTube
  • FailBlog Twitter
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Ranked 15th as of 2010
Succeeded by
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Ranked 1st as of 2010
Succeeded by
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