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It's that time of year: time to run down the best, funniest and downright weirdest stuff we found on the web in 2009.
Best site: KnowYourMeme.com
CAN'T spend every waking hour in front of your computer searching out the best viral videos, web celebrities and new catchphrases? Know Your Meme is a web series that breaks down the latest and greatest on the WWW into bite sized chunks giving you background and insight into how the meme was started. Think of it like a Cole's Notes for the newest trends on the Internet. The sites's database currently documents nearly 500 confirmed memes.
Honourable mentions: Universal Record Database and Buzzfeed.com
Viral video of the year: Susan Boyle
AFTER amateur singer Susan Boyle appeared on Britain's Got Talent, her performance of I Dreamed a Dream from Les Misérables instantly became the most talked about viral videos of the year, racking up over 100 million views in a short time period. Although she didn't end up winning the show, she managed to translate her YouTube success into the biggest selling debut album by a female when her record hit the streets in November.
Honourable mentions: David at the Dentist, United Break Guitars and Kayne West at the VMAs.
Biggest hype of the year: Google Wave
STILL in closed beta testing, when Google announced it would be slowly rolling out its newest product by invite only, early adopters everywhere clamored to get their hands one of the coveted 100,000 spots. Self-described as a "personal communication and collaboration tool," Google Wave tries to bring together the best features of email, instant messaging, wikis and social networking. Too early to tell if it will sweep the web and redefine how users communicate, but it is a giant step forward in bringing together a number of web tools and stresses real-time collaboration in a way we haven't really seen before.
Honourable mentions: Foursquare.com, Twitter.com
Best site Canadians can't access: Hulu.com
ONE of the biggest disappointments for Canadian TV junkies is the fact that Hulu's programming is blocked to everyone outside of the United States. While rumours have been floating around for the past year that the company was going to be rolling out in other areas, I'll believe it when I see it.
Honourable mentions: Foursquare.com and Google Voice
Best album you couldn't buy in a store: Dark Night of the Soul
DARK Night of the Soul is a brilliant collaboration among Danger Mouse (Brian Joseph Burton), Sparklehorse (Mark Linkous), filmmaker/photographer David Lynch and an all-star group of artists that includes Julian Casablancas of the Strokes, Frank Black of the Pixies, Iggy Pop and the Flaming Lips. Due to an ongoing dispute with EMI (the label has not acknowledged why it blocked the album), the album will probably never be officially released. You can still hear it, though, as National Public Radio in the U.S. has been streaming it, and you can easily find it on most file-sharing sites.
Honourable mention: TRVSDJAM -- Fix Your Face Vol. 2
Best Twitter feed: S My Dad Says
WITH nearly one million followers and a spinoff TV show in the works, this Twitter feed is the work of 29-year-old Justin, who lives with his 73-year-old father and basically posts the hilarious, often non-politically correct ramblings of his foul-mouthed dad.
Texts From Last Night, The Ace Burpee Show and Angry Bomber Fans.
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