The Best Social Media Moments of the Decade

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Indulge us in a walk down memory lane. 

It's 10 years ago. Justin Bieber is a moppet-haired Canadian creeping onto the Billboard charts with "One Time" and "One Less Lonely Girl" (not a soul, outside of his team, really, has heard him sing a note of "Baby"). Meghan Markle is doing her best to piece together a career with television guest spots and a gig as a briefcase girl on Deal or No Deal. Her future husband, Prince Harry, still living that bachelor life, isn't aware that the woman who will become his whole world even exists. 

Instagram hasn't been invented yet, Ashton Kutcher has just bested Britney Spears and CNN in the race to gain more than one million followers on Twitter and no one had even heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge. 

You could argue it was a simpler time and more than a few celebrities have contended just that in citing their reasons for pulling back from social media and the endless cycle of commentary it creates. 

But also, we didn't know what Gangnam Style was and, save for super-in-the-know techies, people weren't talking about GIFs much less peppering their every conversation with them. So perhaps let's call it a draw? 

As we approach, not just a new year, but a fresh, shiny decade all full of hope and promise, let's celebrate all the Internet has gifted us the past 10 years and feel grateful for all of the content we watched, retweeted, double tapped and simply liked.

Well, let's be glad for that, and the fact that we no longer have to figure out what to call this decade. We're coming for you, twenty-twenties! 

Social Media Moments of the Decade - 2010, Sad Keanu Meme

Social Media Moments of the Decade - 2011, Rebecca Black - Friday


Social Media Moments of the Decade - 2011, Grumpy flower girl

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Social Media Moments of the Decade - 2011, Planking, Rosaria Dawson, Jimmy Kimmel

PSY, Gangam Style

Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, VMA

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Social Media Moments of the Decade - 2013, Ylvis - The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)

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Ellen DeGeneres, Oscar Selfie


Kim Kardashian, Ellen Degeneres, Ice Bucket Challenge

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Social Media Moments of the Decade - 2015, The Dress, Blue And Black, White And Gold


Social Media Moments of the Decade - 2015, Katy Perry’s left shark at the Super Bowl

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Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez

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Social Media Moments of the Decade - 2015, Beyonce announces second pregnancy


Taylor Swift, ''Look What You Made Me Do'' Music Video


Social Media Moments of the Decade - Selena Gomez, Francia Raisa


Kylie Jenner, Travis Scott, Stormi Webster


Social Media Moments of the Decade - 2017, In My Feelings Challenge: Will Smith


Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Archie Harrison


Jennifer Aniston, Instagram


Social Media Moments of the Decade - 2019, Ten Year Challenge: Mariah Carey

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