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KYM Review: Sites And Apps Of 2015

Editor’s Note: This article is part of Know Your Meme’s annual Top Ten Review series looking back at some of the most memorable and popular memes, events and people that defined the Internet culture in 2015 as we know it.

he year 2015 saw the unveiling of quite a few new websites, revamping of many more and even demise of some:

  • In social mediascape, 4chan, the long-running imageboard community that played a vital role in building the foundation of the internet meme culture as we know it, was acquired by Hiroyuki Nishimura, the founder of the Japanese text board community 2channel in September. Meanwhile, Reddit became a battleground for free speech and anti-censorship this year after repeated clashes between some of the moderators and users over the removal of controversial subreddits, prompting a series of boycott protests that eventually became known as the "Reddit Exodus."
  • In online news, Vox came in strong as a new player in the game with a particular focus on explaining current events like everyone's five years old, Reddit's /r/outoftheloop and Tumblr's Meme Documentation project played a vital role in bringing the latetst, up-and-coming memes on the horizon, while Sunlight Foundation's politically-focused social media watchdog site Politwoops ended its three year run after Twitter revoked its access to the microblogging platform's API.
  • In e-commerce, Etsy kicked off the year with a successful IPO, Dollar Shave Club continued to make its ambitions come true by expanding into other men's grooming products, while Amazon surpassed Walmart as the most valuable retailer in the United States by market capitalization.
  • In the world of mobile photography and videography, live video streaming app Periscope made a successful debut at this year's SXSW under the new ownership of Twitter, building a 10-million user base within the first four months and being named Apple Store's iPhone App of the Year; Snapchat also upped its game to a new level by introducing several a new large batch of emojis and filters, while Instagram began venturing into GIF making with the introduction of a new spin-off app Boomerang. Giphy reaffirmed its stature as a powerhouse of the GIF culture with the unveiling of Giphy Cam, a mobile video-recording app that allows its users to create original GIFs using their own pictures, and the GIF Maker, a web-based service that allows Giphy users to turn any video clip into ready-to-share GIFs.
  • A number of custom avatar builder apps made viral splashes this year, from French Girls, a social drawing game named after the well-known Titanic quote Draw Me Like One of Your French Girls that combines the arts of selfie photography and anonymous portrait drawing, to My Idol, an app that converts selfies into cartoonified avatars.

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