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"Tube" word a meme?

Last posted Nov 22, 2009 at 09:48AM EST. Added Nov 21, 2009 at 03:11PM EST
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I am just wondering if the word “tube” has become a meme among different sharing (mainly video) sites. It did start off from YouTube but due to its popularity many sites inherited the Tube

Examples include:

  • RedTube (and other adult-content sites)
  • FilesTube
  • GrooveTube
  • SchoolTube
  • FashionTube
  • TestTube (the YouTube labs)

Even some “parodies”:

  • GooTube (from Google and YouTube)
  • HuluTube


Nov 21, 2009 at 03:11PM EST

the word toob is not a meme but an internet word meaning “video site”.
If we were to document every popular internet word, chan, blog Ect. would be memes

Nov 21, 2009 at 03:16PM EST

i guess you’re right… just thought it would be considered “internet slang” or whatever but I got your point


Nov 21, 2009 at 03:30PM EST

Hmmm, I’m not sure if “tube” alone is enough to be an internet lingo, but it’s certainly been used as a popular catchphrase.

“The internet is not a big truck. “It’s a series of tubes.” – Ted Stevens

Nov 21, 2009 at 03:44PM EST

“The tube” is also (somewhat dated) slang for television.

Nov 21, 2009 at 04:22PM EST

It not THAT dated… Unless you count a few years as dated.

Nov 21, 2009 at 04:33PM EST

Well, slang ages in dog years.

Nov 21, 2009 at 04:35PM EST

@ HackerOnHacker That’s true. If it didn’t, we might still be saying “Let’s get jiggy with it” or “That’s what she said” all the time.
Oh wait…..

Nov 21, 2009 at 07:46PM EST

Using “the tube” as slang for “TV” goes back more than just a few years. People started calling it “the tube” because that’s what TV’s were; cathode ray tubes.

The oldest thing I can find online is a reprint of an article from 1984

I think it probably goes back a lot further. I wouldn’t be surprised if I turned on the Dick Van Dyke show and heard him say “the tube.”

Nov 21, 2009 at 09:07PM EST

The tube thing seems like a marketing ploy like how Mac’s "i"crap poured out into other things.

Nov 21, 2009 at 09:17PM EST

^ Agreed.

Nov 21, 2009 at 09:20PM EST

Do not talk about Tubgirl, DO NOT talk about Tubgirl.

Nov 21, 2009 at 10:26PM EST

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