For the record, it’s pronounced “Imgur,” not “Imgur,” but that’s still debatable because much of the community vehemently disagrees with the company’s pronunciation of their own creation. This is the kind of community that Imgur has cultivated – contrarians for the sake of contrarianism.
Imgur is an image sharing website that is a sort of amalgamation between Reddit and Twitter. It’s Reddit, but ya know, with images and gifs.
And Imgur’s community might be the funniest place on the Internet.
But it’s also similar to twitter in that comments are limited to a concise 140 characters – that is until twitter unnecessarily changed that number to 240 characters recently. Comments that receive the most votes become top comments and it’s always a race to be the cleverest.
The site functions on a simple algorithm of upvotes. Any Imgurian posts content into “user submitted” and then the community decides whether to send it to the more accessible and popular “Front Page,” or “Most Viral.”
And in this community you can find an enormous spectrum of loyal fans of the site, which ranges from the bright-eyed optimists who see the best in humanity to the deranged hopeless degenerates where hating on the Imgur community temporarily fills the void in their depression.
The spectrum of posts range from cute animal gifs, epic fail dumps, cringe worthy, dank memes and original gifs.
Imgur even has community celebrities like thund3rbolt, PettyOfficer117 and iH8myPP who spend hours creating original gifs for the website.
There are even widely hated users like LindaDee and Lassann who were both caught in lies, and yet, they still submit posts that are revered until the community notices the username. Let’s just say for the most part that no one is kind to them.
But the top comments are the backbone of the site. Here are few examples of Imgurians’ comments that show you how funny the community can be.
In one post entitled “Fan Support” it shows a picture of the Cleveland Browns NFL stadium and on a screen it says “Text Issues to 440-824-6000.”
And fans actually did. One text to the number from a Browns’ fan read “The browns have 0 yards of offense after the first quarter.” An auto reply thanked them for the text and they would “reply as soon as we can,” followed shortly by “Your number is now blocked from texting into the system.”
Another brazen fan texted “I’m having an issue with a few guys, the first guy keeps calling screen plays on 3rd and long, the 2nd guy won’t stop throwing interceptions in the red zone, the final guy won’t stop lining our safeties 30 yards from the line of scrimmage,” followed again by the same two texts thanking them and that their number is now blocked.
The top-rated Imgur comment from gway90 read, “At least someone in that stadium knows how to block.”
Another post has a gif of Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly from Back to the Future in the climax where he’s doing Johnny B Good and he’s hitting the same chord over and over again – in a looped gif – and he has an almost painful look on his face. The post by rylas is entitled “When your lady says she’s close and you power through the cramp to make it happen.”
Another post by thund3rbolt shows a few people playing Jenga, but it’s a giant jenga set where the blocks are brick-sized. And do you know how it’s virtually impossible to get that lone middle block when the two on the outside are gone because it’s most likely that it’s going to fall over? Well, this guy pulls it off and everyone is shocked by it.
The top comment from here from avacadoman is “His pullout game is incredible.”
Another post had a socially awkward awesome penguin meme where the upper blue part read “Very busty best friend is moving away this weekend, had a long talk and said goodbyes,” and on the bottom red part said, “took a chance and told her I always wanted to see her boobs, she laughed hard and showed me. F**cking amazing day.”
Top rated comment from punmastery noted, “She was trying to say “tata” to you.” Pun mastery, indeed.
You get the picture by now.