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


The original post on I Can Has Cheezburger

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 icanhascheezburger.com 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 http://www.lolcatbible.com!

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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