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MemeCenter is a meme-sharing website founded on January 1st, 2012 and hosted in the United States. The site focus lies mainly in common repetition of popular images and memes, such as “rage comics” and "advice animals ", along with original content from various users and artists.
MemeCenter was created by Ben on January 1st, 2012. During the launch of the site, the creators collected a large number existing memes from around the internet in order to bring traffic. In the summer of 2012 this resulted in enough user submissions to keep content going without the admins having to find content elsewhere, putting the site’s focus on producing its own content.
MemeCenter allows its users to easily generate and share memes on the website through a variety of tools, allowing options for creating rage comics, demotivational posters and image macros, amongst others. On February 19th 2013, MemeCenter published a harlem shake video of their staff on their youtube channel:
In December 2013, many user of MemeCenter changed their profile pictures to a black man wearing a Santa outfit.
On many comment threads, users stated that “Black Santa is taking over, you will be assimilated.”
The Like Face
MemeCenter upvote system makes use of a " derp-eyed " smiley instead of a usual arrow or thumb up, which was based on the standard derp rage face commonly used in rage comics. This face became a popular icon among the site, leading to various modified gifs and images with it, commonly used on the site to show post appreciation.
Whilst ban image aren’t exclusive to MemeCenter, more than several variations of ban images which usually contains images from the three admins of MemeCenter (Ben, Mustapan and Clairvoyant). The image is usually used towards those who either post something that is against the rules (e.g. porn, gore etc.) or those who obviously troll in the comments
On April 1st 2014, MemeCenter changed its logo for " SwagCenter ", along with pictures of Nicki Minaj, Justin Beiber and Miley Cyrus. While a lot of users knew it was a prank, many others were actually convinced that the new logo was permanent.
45 is a recurrent inside joke among memecenterians and remains still active to nowdays. 45 takes origin in an old thread of one of Distorsion’s posts (a famous local user with an avatar of L from Death Note) where the members of the community were asked to give the answer to a mathematical problem resulting in many, many comments with the number 45 in it. Afterwards, some users mock this event by creating reaction gifs, images and posts, all related to the infamous « 45 thread ».
Throughout their journey on the site, MC users have the possibility to achieve different tasks in order to earn trophies. The difficulty of the task changes from trophy to trophy. It can involves mysterious tags, various formalities or cultural references. Once the users earn it, the trophy can be exposed on theirs profiles. Up to now, about fifty trophies have been found by users but according to the admins, there is more to discover.