is it a meme?
Seriously, yeah, it probably can be considered a meme. It’s a contagious behavior that spreads from one person to another and happens in transformative ways and can even imply different meanings. Some people post “FIRST!!!!” enthusiastically because they really REALLY wanted to get there first, for whatever reason. Most people do it in a way that mocks the enthusiasm that others have over it.
I wouldn’t have a clue where this began, how it spread, or even how to begin finding the origin because it’s so obscure.
I suppose if someone could mine the contents of all of the Youtube comments ever, and search for all instances of the word First appearing in the first comment, then we might be able to get close to an answer. But I’m not sure that something like that is within our capabilities.
General Google searches, Google Insights, Twitter, etc aren’t really of any use when the only term you’re searching for is “First”
hmm ok thanks :D
I’ve always seen “FIRST!” as a way of trolling.
You know, you’re probably right. I bet it’s always been just trolling. I never cared to look deeply into why people did it. I just assumed it was part of the easily-amused and easily pissed off nature of most youtube commenters. I figure that if there are people that go “OMG SHE’S SO HOT. MARRY ME” every single time they see a female on camera, they probably also got some weird rush out of getting their first.
possible a troll,