Thursday, 16 October 2008

The I Can Has Cheezburger 'Lolcat Colleckshun' book on sale today - another example of an online sensation crossing into the offline world

The latest example of an internet viral sensation crossing into the offline (real) world is Favourite images from the I Can Has Cheezburger site have been compiled into a 'Lolcat Colleckshun' and even though it went on sale today, it has already sold out on Amazon in the UK!

I Can Has Cheezburger book, A LOLcat colleckshun

The website was listed at number 8 of the Observer's top 50 most influential blogs and this summer was in the Alexa top 1000 visited websites in the world - not bad for a site built around pictures of cats with silly captions!

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The site was started in January 2007 after Eric Nakagawa found an amusing cat picture and emailed it to a friend. After posting this picture to the internet, the I Can Has Cheezburger site grew and grew, leading to a sale in September 2007 that valued at $2m.

The I Can Has Cheezburger site receives over 10,000 captioned photos each day (though only a handful are published) and has its own 'Lolcat language.' Translation dictionaries are being worked on and there is even a project to produce a lolcat version of the bible at!

Given the site traffic it is not surprising to see that the book is a bestseller, however the book may be just be the start - how long before we start seeing Lolcat TV or a Lolcat language setting on Facebook????

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