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Niche Memes are a series of image macros and photoshops that are hyper-specific to the author's life. These memes are similar to Start Packs but rather than generalizing about a group of people, they only focus on the author's experience.
While the origin of Niche Meme is unknown, The Daily Beast reports that the earliest examples began appearing in spring 2017. examples of the form could be seen as early as October 7th, 2017; however, there are likely earlier examples because many of the early Niche Meme accounts have since been deleted. That day, Instagram user @postiviepisces posted a version entitled "how alike are we?" The post received more than 100 likes in one year (shown below).
Starter packs, sometimes known as starter kits, are a series of multi-panel photo sets meant to illustrate the archetype of a celebrity, company or subculture through a recommended selection of fashion articles, multimedia and other consumer products, much similar to steal her look fashion guides. The earliest known usage of the form dates back to September 2014 (examples below).
Over the next few weeks, more variations of the form could be found online. On October 16th, 2017, That day, Instagram  user @lonelyandsadbutfunnyandhappy posted a series of memes specific to their outlook and experience (examples below). Days later, on October 22nd, the Instagram account @nichememeteam posted their first post, which boasted about reporting one of @lonelyandsadbutfunnyandhappy's posts, which mocked a woman with autism.
On December 5th, 2017, The Daily Beast published a report about the trend, highlighting several meme creators. They wrote, "In order to cope with the stresses of middle school life, teen girls are reviving MS Paint kitsch to find community--and de facto therapy--across the web."
Within a year, more accounts began specifically focusing on Niche Memes. On July 3rd, 2018, Instagram account @glovestory posted a meme about "my elementary school librarian." The post received more than 290 likes in less than one year (shown below).
On November 1st, Mashable  published an article about the trend.
 Instagram – @lonelyandsadbutfunnyandhappy's Post
 Instagram – @nichememeteam's Post
 Instagram – @glovestory's Post
 The Daily Beast ‘Niche Memes’ Are the Secret Clip Art Diaries Teens Are Posting on Instagram
 Instagram – @positivepices's Post
 Mashable – The anatomy of the niche teen Instagram meme
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