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Top 100 Internet Trends in 2016

From Reality Show Fantasy Leagues to Strategic Marketing Platforms

— January 15, 2017 — Pop Culture
Most people spend a significant portion of their day online, and so the 2016 Internet trends have unsurprisingly been extremely diverse in their scope. Some of the more prominent patterns that can be observed this year include the fusion of the Internet with more traditional entertainment platforms, as well as brands harnessing their power to exert more influence while marketing.

Now more than ever, people take to various online platforms when they're looking to discuss traditional forms of entertainment like books and TV shows. Brands are taking advantage of this fact, with one such example being ABC's recent announcement that its show 'The Bachelor' will have a fantasy league for its upcoming series. The league will allow users to bet on who will win the show, as well as various challenges each episode. With this announcement, ABC has revealed itself to have recognized that much of The Bachelor's popularity in recent years has rested in its virality potential – and the brand is taking advantage of that fact.

One of the more expansive ways that brands are harnessing the power of the Internet is by using data-driven platforms that inform their research and work. 'Ivvi' is an example of this, with the predictive marketing platform giving brands the opportunity to identify influencers and viral videos in ways that are quick and strategic – allowing its clients to get ahead of the game in capitalizing on what will soon be popular.

Trend Hunter's annual innovation conference Future Festival provides attendees with valuable information on how to harness the power of the Internet and what's popular in a way that allows brands to stay relevant.
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Electoral Pizza Deliveries
Electoral Pizza Deliveries
The 'Pizza to the Polls' Organization is Helping Feed Hungry Voters
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99
Voter Registration Graphics
Voter Registration Graphics
Google's Doodle Helps Voters on National Voter Registration Day
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98
Site-Supporting Micropayments
Site-Supporting Micropayments
Browser Extension Atri Lets Web Surfers Support Their Favorite Sites
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97
Convenient College Scorecards
Convenient College Scorecards
Googling for Colleges will Show Important Info for Students Up Front
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96
Responsive Website Lamps
Responsive Website Lamps
The 'WPLight' Responds When You Receive Notifications from WordPress
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95
Link-Tracking Sharing Extensions
Link-Tracking Sharing Extensions
Pile Lets Users Share Links and Track How They're Viewed
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94
Harmonized Website Analytics
Harmonized Website Analytics
Zarget Helps Small Businesses Track Online Sales and Performance
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93
Landmark-Identifying Extensions
Landmark-Identifying Extensions
This Chrome Plugin Shows Viewers Travel Video Information
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92
Bilingual Parenting Advice
Bilingual Parenting Advice
'Latin Mom Tips' Come from a Latina Experiencing Life as a New Canadian
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91
Informative Web Analytics Apps
Informative Web Analytics Apps
The Parse.ly App Helps Users Make Sense Of Website Metrics
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90
Website Feedback Platforms
Website Feedback Platforms
Hotjar Incoming Feedback Connects Website Visitors with Administrators
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89
AI Website Security Systems
AI Website Security Systems
'Naberius' Provides Website Protection to Minimize Attack Damage
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88
Sales Lead-Saving Services
Sales Lead-Saving Services
'Unbandon' Can Help Save Sales Leads from Disappearing
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87
User Experience-Recording Services
User Experience-Recording Services
Jaco Records Website Analytics and the User Experience
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86
Dedicated Combat Sports Apps
Dedicated Combat Sports Apps
This MMA App Offers Live Coverage and In-Depth Analysis
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85
Reality Show Fantasy Leagues
Reality Show Fantasy Leagues
ABC and ESPN Have Teamed Up for an Official 'Bachelor Fantasy League'
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84
Revolutionary Fantasy Sports Sites
Revolutionary Fantasy Sports Sites
ChickenDinner Lets You Compete For Cash Rewards With No Risk
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83
Slang Social Media Updates
Slang Social Media Updates
Facebook Received a Patent to Add a Social Glossary to its Roster
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82
Streamlined School Supply Drives
Streamlined School Supply Drives
Clorox's Charitable Drive Aims to Support School Supply Shopping
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81
Job Listing Infographic Generators
Job Listing Infographic Generators
'TalentBait' Enables Businesses to Create Viral Infographics
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80
Propaganda-Streaming Services
Propaganda-Streaming Services
North Korea's 'Manbang' is the Country's Version of Netflix
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79
Creatively Crowdsourced Storytelling Sites
Creatively Crowdsourced Storytelling Sites
'Infernal Scoop' Lets Users Submit Stories' Plot Points
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78
Website Resume Platforms
Website Resume Platforms
'CakeResume' Creates a Cross Between a Personal Resume and a Website
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77
Conceptual Conservative Media Sites
Conceptual Conservative Media Sites
TRMP.NEWS is an Imaginary Site for Donald Trump's Media Outlet
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76
Viral Hunger PSAs
Viral Hunger PSAs
Feeding America's 'Empty Plates' Ad Copies the Format of Viral Recipe Videos
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75
Nameless Venting Platforms
Nameless Venting Platforms
Startup Fraynk Facilitates Honesty at Work Through Anonymous Feedback
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74
Latino Lifestyle Podcasts
Latino Lifestyle Podcasts
The Little Radio Show Features Two Renowned Latino Digital Influencers
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73
Social Website Builders
Social Website Builders
'Ekko' Creates Business Websites from Existing Facebook Pages
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72
Online Voting Aids
Online Voting Aids
'Voteplz' is a Website That Makes Voting in the US Easy
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71
Emoji Domain Search Tools
Emoji Domain Search Tools
This Website Searches for Domain Names with Just Emoji Codes
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70
Cyberbully Time-Outs
Cyberbully Time-Outs
YouTube Won't Let Malicious Users Pass Its Video Ads with 'Skip the Bully'
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69
Indie Music Discovery Apps
Indie Music Discovery Apps
The Wonder App Helps You Be the First to Discover New Bands
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68
Comment-Editing Social Updates
Comment-Editing Social Updates
Users Will Soon Be Able to Filter Their Own Instagram Comments
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67
Remote Workspace Review Apps
Remote Workspace Review Apps
'Workfrom' Crowdsources the Best Places to Work in Cities
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66
Scholarly Slang Dictionaries
Scholarly Slang Dictionaries
Green's Dictionary of Slang is Like an Educational Urban Dictionary
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65
Talent-Highlighting Features
Talent-Highlighting Features
Personal Web-Hosting Site About.Me Now Offers a Spotlight Button
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64
Millennial Parenting Shows
Millennial Parenting Shows
'Millennial Moms' Offers Tips on How to Overcome Parenting Challenges
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63
Converting Optimization Platforms
Converting Optimization Platforms
Website Optimization Startup Reactful Focuses on Conversion Rate
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62
Promotional Disney Emojis
Promotional Disney Emojis
Disney Promoted 'Finding Dory' with a Teaser Video Featuring Emojis
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61
Mass Killer Media Plugins
Mass Killer Media Plugins
Zero Minutes of Fame Wants to Prevent Gun Violence By Hiding Names
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60
Viral Sugary Baths
Viral Sugary Baths
Tanner Braungardt Combined Coca-Cola and Mentos in His Bathtub
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59
Millennial DIY Decor Platforms
Millennial DIY Decor Platforms
'The Snug' Was Created to Reach the Millennial Demographic
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58
Musical Browser Add-Ons
Musical Browser Add-Ons
The Google Chrome Music Lab is Interactive and Educational
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57
Marketing Contact Growth Tools
Marketing Contact Growth Tools
The 'CrazyEngage' Growth Tool Helps Increase Traffic and Followers
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56
Simplified Film Databases
Simplified Film Databases
'Cinesift' Sorts Ratings and Streaming Services to Help Users Pick Films
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55
Online Trust-Enhancing Sites
Online Trust-Enhancing Sites
Deemly Gives Reputation Scores to Improve Personal Trustworthiness
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54
Viral Video Apps
Viral Video Apps
The BuzzFeed Video App Lets You Enjoy Viral Videos On Your Smartphone
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53
Web Ad-Optimizing Services
Web Ad-Optimizing Services
'AdRecover' Enables Web Publishers to Monetize Blocked Ad Traffic
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52
Website Visitor-Converting Services
Website Visitor-Converting Services
'ActiveConvert' Helps Convert Visitors into Sales and Leads
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51
Parent-Controlled Video Apps
Parent-Controlled Video Apps
Video Network Neptune is Designed for Kids and Made for Parents
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50
Connection-Sharing Routers
Connection-Sharing Routers
Tsunami Blu Enables Safe Wifi Sharing Among Friends in the Same Area
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49
AR Anime Dates
AR Anime Dates
In Addition to Dinner Dates, the Dine App Encourages Couples to Catch Pokemon
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48
LGBT Streaming Apps
LGBT Streaming Apps
The Revry App Focuses On Streaming LGBT Multimedia Content
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47
Livestreaming Multimedia Apps
Livestreaming Multimedia Apps
The Hype App Creates Broadcasts with Music, Emojis and Comments
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46
Rental Auction Websites
Rental Auction Websites
The Biddwell Rental App Lets Toronto Citizens Bid For Properties
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45
Iconic Emoji Jewelry
Iconic Emoji Jewelry
Alison Chemla Created a Line of Fine Jewelry Emoticons
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44
Password-less WiFi Technology
Password-less WiFi Technology
Research From MIT Could Lead to WiFi Access Without a Password
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43
Gamer-Dedicated Playlists
Gamer-Dedicated Playlists
The Spotify Gamers Portal Features Video Game Soundtrack Playlists
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42
Celebrity Feud Face Makeup
Celebrity Feud Face Makeup
Grace Helbig Demonstrates DIY Snake Makeup Inspired By Kim and Taylor
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41
Media Company Emoji Keyboards
Media Company Emoji Keyboards
Millennial Website Refinery 20 Will Release a Custom Emoji Keyboard
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40
Curated Television Channels
Curated Television Channels
Canadian Startup Playku.TV Lets You Build Your Own Online TV Channel
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39
Intelligent Emoji Suggestion Apps
Intelligent Emoji Suggestion Apps
Smart Smiley for Google Allo Analyzes Chats and Suggests Emojis
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38
Viral Game College Courses
Viral Game College Courses
This College Offers a Class on Pop Culture Games Like Pokemon Go
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37
GPS Map Art
GPS Map Art
Canadian Artist Setphen Lund Creates GPS Art with the Strava App
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36
Internet Meetup Photography
Internet Meetup Photography
Amy Lombard's 'Connected' Book Shows Images from 80 Live Meetups
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35
Universal Encyclopedia Visualizations
Universal Encyclopedia Visualizations
'Wikiverse' Portrays Wikipedia Articles as Stars in a Cosmos
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34
3D Baby Development Apps
3D Baby Development Apps
'Inside The Bump' Shows a 3D View of a Baby's Development in Utero
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33
Consolidated Content Apps
Consolidated Content Apps
Caffeine Labs's Glance App for Productivity Saves You One Hour a Week
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32
Phone-Entrapped Short Films
Phone-Entrapped Short Films
'Man In Phone' Shows How Addicted to Technology Many Have Become
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31
Free Encryption Apps
Free Encryption Apps
The Cyphor App for Encryption Ensures Your Online Messages are Private
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30
Passwordless Security Software
Passwordless Security Software
Cyber Security Platform Sonikpass Enhances the User Experience
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29
Online Brand-Measuring Tools
Online Brand-Measuring Tools
'OnBrand Grader' is a Free Marketing Tool to Test Branding Strength
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28
Social Tourism Sites
Social Tourism Sites
British Columbia's 'BC Explorer' Site Collects #ExploreBC Instagram Posts
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27
Detailed Dashboard Cameras
Detailed Dashboard Cameras
The Waylens Horizon Adds Statistical Information to Dashcam Footage
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26
Internet Artefact Markets
Internet Artefact Markets
Internet Yami-ichi Celebrates Amazing & Useless Product Found on the Web
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25
Simplified Travel Apps
Simplified Travel Apps
The Virgin America App Aims to Simplify the Booking Process for Consumers
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24
Abstractly Soothing Websites
Abstractly Soothing Websites
'Current Condition' Plays Relaxing Music and Gives Random Data
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23
Automatically Optimized Websites
Automatically Optimized Websites
This On-Page SEO Solution Makes Optimization Easier Than Ever
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22
AI Website Builders
AI Website Builders
Startup Firedrop Builds Websites Automatically in Less Than One Minute
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21
Loan-Paying Search Engines
Loan-Paying Search Engines
BrowseU Helps People Pay Off Student Debt Through Advertising Revenue
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20
Content Contest Apps
Content Contest Apps
Social Media Gaming Platform Wyrd Lets Users Vote for Creators' Posts
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19
Startup-Soliciting Websites
Startup-Soliciting Websites
This Target Website Encourages Collaboration With Startups
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18
Political Meme Generators
Political Meme Generators
'MemeTheVote' Helps to Create Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Memes
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17
Professional Emoji Concepts
Professional Emoji Concepts
These Empowering Google Emojis Depict Professions for Men and Women
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16
Viral Fashion-Savvy Dogs
Viral Fashion-Savvy Dogs
Tinkerbelle the Dog is an Internet-Famous Model, Actor and Travel Blogger
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15
Viral Game Charity Campaigns
Viral Game Charity Campaigns
This Pokemon Go-Themed Campaign Helps Find Missing People Too
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14
Animated Eggplant Emojis
Animated Eggplant Emojis
The Suggestive Eggplant Emoji Has Been Reinterpreted by Anna Ginsburg
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13
Customized Website Experiences
Customized Website Experiences
Bounce Exchange Helps Companies Tailor Their Ads, Emails and More
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12
Satirical Fashion Posters
Satirical Fashion Posters
Jeff Wysaski Put Up Posters in a Mall That Featured Fake Fashion Advice
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11
Viral Rapper Valentines
Viral Rapper Valentines
This Hotline Bling Valentine's Day Card is Perfect for Drake Fans
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10
Satirical Airline Ads
Satirical Airline Ads
Royal Jordanian's Quirky Ad References Trump's Anti-Immigration Claims
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9
TV Show Title Generators
TV Show Title Generators
'MakeItStranger.com' Automatically Generates 'Stranger Things' Titles
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8
Fake Memorial Murals
Fake Memorial Murals
'lushsux' Depicted the Internet's Response to the Recent Taylor Swift Feud
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7
Anti-War Street Art
Anti-War Street Art
An Artist Painted a Haunting Image of an Injured Syrian Boy
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6
Data-Driven Content Generators
Data-Driven Content Generators
Quietly Creates Engaging Content That Increases Traffic and Revenue
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5
80s Font Generators
80s Font Generators
PhotoFunia's 'Retro Wave' Turns Any Text Into a Fun 80s Graphic
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4
Influencer Viral Video Platforms
Influencer Viral Video Platforms
ivvi is an Influencer Marketing Platform for Viral Videos
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3
Viral Instagram Campaigns
Viral Instagram Campaigns
This Selena Gomez Photo is the Most Liked Photo of All Time
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2
Political Parody Portraits
Political Parody Portraits
These Strange Donald Trump Artworks Represent How Some See Him
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1
Pop Culture Baby Costumes
Pop Culture Baby Costumes
This LA Mom Comically Dresses Her Son to Look Like Pop Culture Figures
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