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Alien-posting, also known as Alienposting, Green Alien-posting or Green Alien Animals, refers to edited and Photoshopped images of animals and meme characters made to look like green aliens with antennas who speak an incoherent language. The trend started in late 2022 when the alien dog Geeble was created, being an edited version of the Handheld Pupper photo. Then, Gnarp Gnarp surfaced: a green alien cat. Both images led to more animal photos being crudely-edited, trending on TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and iFunny in early 2023. Many of the green alien animals were paired with captions and text that read like an alien language, including many "eep" and "orp" sounds like "zeep" and "glorp," made to be nonsensical, using chaotic characters and foreign letters. The trend also led to the rise in Pirate-posting and pirate memes.
On November 1st, 2022, Twitter user @The_ExtraRare posted a photo of a French bulldog puppy being held in a person's hand, earning over 260 likes in five months (shown below, left). It is currently unknown where the original image was uploaded. Soon after the tweet was uploaded, on November 1st, Twitter user @valeriehell1 replied with an edited version of the dog that tinted him green and added antennas, making him look like an alien. The tweet gained over 25 likes in five months (shown below, right).
About a month later, on December 22nd, 2022, Twitter user @redshibe_ tweeted the edited photo and named him Geeble, gaining roughly 6,100 likes in four months (shown below).
Geeble gained meme interest going into early 2023, evident in a tweet sent by Twitter user @necesthery on March 21st, 2023, that compared a new alien cat to Geeble, gaining roughly 14,500 likes in two and a half weeks (shown below, left). On March 23rd, 2023, TikToker @lillybilly_bbycakes posted a video that paired Geeble with UFO-esque music, gaining roughly 380,400 likes in two and a half weeks. On March 24th, 2023, Instagram user @goobabs reposted the video, gaining roughly 10,900 likes in two and a half weeks (shown below, right).
On March 25th, 2023, TikToker @toasttokcat posted a photo slideshow that showed images of their cat made to look like an alien (primary image shown below, left). The photos received roughly 181,700 plays and 37,200 likes in 16 days. Around the same time, fan art of Geeble started surfacing, such as in a tweet sent by Twitter user @Tom61824814 on March 29th, 2023, that gained roughly 3,000 likes in 12 days (shown below, right).
On March 30th, 2023, Twitter user @uhyeahbruv posted an image of a cat that was photoshopped similarly to Geeble, giving it green-tinted fur and two antennas. The meme had a top caption reading, "boy why you so gnarp gnarp👽," and over the course of 11 days, it received roughly 4,000 likes (shown below, left). The meme was by inspired the tweet that @uhyeahbruv quote retweeted in which the cat is unedited and has a top caption reading, "I'm all ears" (shown below, right).
Later on April 1st, 2023, Twitter user @c4tspl4sh tweeted the Gnarp Gnarp meme and Geeble, asking, "does anyone have more of these types of pictures where an animal is edited to be an alien. Please." The tweet gained roughly 3,800 likes in nine days (shown below, left). On April 3rd, 2023, Twitter user @jelfonzo posted a tweet that started a "thread of geeble," which included multiple green alien animals. The tweet received over 900 likes in one week and numerous replies (shown below, right).
For instance, one animal posted in @jelfonzo's thread showed a green alien baby seal (shown below, left). On the following day, April 4th, 2023, Twitter user @spaz_tik tweeted the seal, captioning it, "gnarp gnarp," and gained over 300 likes in six days (shown below, right).
Going into April 2023, multiple creators that followed the trend used the TikTok sound of TikToker @lillybilly_bbycakes' original video to post slideshows with green alien animal photos.
Pirate-posting, also known as Pirateposting or Pirate Posting, refers to a genre of memes that add pirate words and phrases to pre-existing, exploitable meme templates, recaptioning the text with pirate slang such as "landlubber," "seas," "ahoy," "scurvy," "scallywag," "plunder" "booty" and "matey," among others. The memes also inserted pirate imagery like hats, skulls and eyepatches. Memes similar to pirate-posting were posted online as early as 2020, however, the trend became more notable on Instagram in 2022, and a year later, went even more viral on Twitter in early 2023, predominantly due to the gimmick account on Twitter @pirate_posting.
 Twitter – @The_ExtraRare
 Twitter – @valeriehell1
 Twitter – @redshibe_
 Twitter – @necesthery
 Twitter – @Tom61824814
 Twitter – @uhyeahbruv
 Twitter – @c4tspl4sh
 TikTok – @lillybilly_bbycakes
 TikTok – @toasttokcat
 TikTok – original-sound
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