Brace yourselves until the ‘Be like Bill’ meme blows over in just a matter of days, going the same way most other insanely popular memes have.
It’s impossible to have missed the rise and glory of the ‘Be like Bill’ meme over this weekend. The stick figure assigned a name – in this case, Bill – has everyone up and talking. The line in the sand is clear. There are those who absolutely detest their Facebook Newsfeed being flooded with the sarcastic-witty comments accompanying the stick figure. And there are those who keep sharing the ‘Be like Bill’ meme to the point of exhaustion.
Curiously enough it seems that the ‘Be like Bill’ meme has been around for a few months now. Why is the craze reaching a peak only now? ‘Be like Bill’ may offer a medium for airing any grievance. Bill is the master of the perfect etiquette if we looked at the sum of all the traits bestowed upon him.
Bill doesn’t share photos of every meal throughout the day, or of every artsy cappuccino cup. Bill doesn’t report weather conditions in real time on Facebook when they’re obvious. Bill doesn’t take selfies in every mirror he stumbles upon to later upload them on social media. The list could go on indefinitely. The main conclusion is that we have everything to learn from Bill. Thus ‘Be like Bill’.
Except some of us really don’t want to be like Bill. Or anyone else for that matter. ‘Be like Bill’ and annoy the living soul out of most people. This is what one part of the social media users are venting.
The ‘Be like Bill’ meme has become so popular that there is even a Facebook page dedicated to it. Created by Eugeniu Croitoru, the page amassed over 1.5 million likes overnight. According to Croitoru, Bill is:
“Just a fictional character who conveys messages in a funny yet often sensitive ways. Bill has no resemblance to any real life person.”
This weekend alone, millions of ‘Be like Bill’ meme posts flooded Twitter or Facebook Newsfeed. The posts showed in other forms too. An online generator is now offering people the possibility to customize the ‘Be like Bill’ meme to their own name. The text accompanying the stick figure is also generated automatically based on info retrieved from your profile. It can also be introduced manually.
Either way, it remains seriously annoying. A stick figure lending an extra hand to prop self-aggrandizing impulses while being a nuisance for everyone else. The good news is that the demise of a viral meme like the ‘Be like Bill’ meme is only one step away from its rapid ascent to glory. The only thing left to say is brace yourselves until the ‘Be like Bill’ meme blows over. It will happen…soon.
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