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Meme Overload is internet slang which indicates that multiple internet meme references have been made. It often refers to images and videos, but can also be seen as a subgenre of online remix culture largely driven by the hyperinflation of online media and in-jokes in general.
The earliest known use of the phrase comes from a Gamespot forum thread titled “Raptor Jesus” Vs Barrel Roll" from October 15th, 2007. After forum user JRL749 replied to the thread with several meme references in the same paragraph, forum user MattUD1 replied with “Meme overload! M-Me-e-e-m-m-me overload!”
The phrase was first used on Reddit on October 23rd, 2008, by user lukeydukey in reference to a meme-filled comment thread. An xkcd comic with a meme overloaded joke was published on March 2nd, 2009.
On September 4th, 2010, Redditor micah1_8 submitted a meme overloaded image that reached the front page titled “The Meme Team rolls out” and accumulated 4,118 up votes prior to being archived. The same day, The Daily What published a post declared that “meme overloading is now a meme.”
A game filled with various meme references titled “Reimagine :TheGame:” was uploaded to the flash social media site Newgrounds on May 7th, 2011. On October 27th, 2011, a Reddit thread titled “Halloween Meme Overload” was submitted to the r/funny subreddit. It featured a long vertical image that used 19 different advice animal derivatives to recite a Halloween version of the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas.”
Search queries for “meme overload” spiked in October of 2011, the same month the “Halloween Meme Overload” Reddit thread was submitted.