First of All
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First of All refers to a series of dialogue tweets in which a tweeter imagines person saying something, to which the person responds "first of all…" with a humorous rebuttal. The texts are predominantly popular on Black Twitter.
The meme began spreading in the first half of October 2017. On October 1st, 2017, Twitter user unbotheredbliss tweeted "“Why you ain’t text me back” First of all experiment 623 you’re not my man, relax." The tweet went viral, gaining over 45,000 retweets and 121,000 likes (shown below).
Over the course of the following two weeks, the dialogue would be reproduced with various other humorous scenarios. On October 6th, user @tep126 tweeted "Niggas say “Go have fun with that other nigga” like it’s a threat liiiiike first of all, ima have a blast," gaining over 23,000 retweets and 51,000 likes (shown below, left). On October 8th, user @oluuuuuuchi tweeted "“hey shorty” , first of all I’m taller than you ." and gained over 950 retweets (shown below, right).
By October 15th, the meme had begun attracting media attention. It has been covered by Twitter Moments, Smosh, Complex, and more. Over the next few days the meme's media attention grew further, with Yahoo News calling it Sassiest Meme of 2017 and MTV News noting how much traction the meme is getting online and voiced their support of it, affirming their fondness for the meme.
 Twitter – unbotheredbliss
 Twitter – @oluuuuuuchi
 Twitter Moments – The first of all meme is taking over
 Smosh – The "First of All" Meme Celebrates People Who Don't GAF Anymore [24 Pics]
 Complex – First of All, This 'First of All' Meme Is the Best Thing Happening on Twitter Right Now
 Yahoo News UK – The ‘first of all’ meme might be the sassiest of 2017
 MYV News – The 'First Of All' Meme Is Gaining Traction Online And Honestly, We're Here For It
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