Social Media Challenges
Here is a compilation of the latest social media Challenges and viral internet Challenges
If some of these like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge are aligned with Challenge Me For Good's mission, most of them are hilarious... but totally purposeless. Wouldn't it be nice indeed if all viral social media Challenges would be turned into "good" challenges that support a cause or a charity?
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving the dumping of a bucket of ice water over a person’s head, either by another person or self-administered, to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as motor neuron disease and in the US as Lou Gehrig’s disease) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media in the summer of 2014.
The challenge encourages nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same.
The Ice Bucket Challenge was a successful campaign. It raised over $220M worldwide.
Let’s be honest: hashtags and viral challenges are usually funny but rarely lead to making the world a better place.
Well the hashtag #trashtag was in a way unique as it was not meant to entertain but rather to help save the planet.
It prompted people around the world to clean up their nearby green areas and post before/after photos.
The results were pretty amazing with forests, beaches and other public areas being cleaned up but thousands around the world as the #trashtag challenge spread out.
The Mannequin Challenge was a viral Internet video trend which became popular in November 2016, in which people remain frozen in action like mannequins while a moving camera films them, often with the song “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd playing in the background.
The hashtag #MannequinChallenge was used for popular social media platforms such as Twitter and Instagram.
It is believed that the phenomenon was started by students at a high school in Jacksonville, Florida.
The initial posting has inspired works by other groups, especially professional athletes and sports teams, who have posted increasingly complex and elaborate videos.
What The Fluff Challenge
The “What The Fluff Challenge” is a viral challenge that consists in tricking your pet, typically a dog.
The pet owner stands behind a giant cover with the pet facing them, they drop and pick up the cover a few times. Then they drop one more time and run without being seen by the pet.
The animal’s perplexed reaction is caught on video and this is hilarious to watch.
The #whatthefluff hashtag was used to categorize this challenge that spread pretty quickly over social media.
Falling Stars Challenge
Also known as the Flaunt Your Wealth Challenge, the Falling Stars Challenge is a social game in which people post pictures of themselves lying face down as though they have just fallen over.
One of the first posts that started this viral Challenge was posted in August 2018 on Instagram, where a young lady posted a version where she appeared to have fallen out of a private jet. This got her over 4,000 likes.
Some companies, including a drone gear manufacturer, jumped on the meme with narrative ads.
While soccer player Neymar did not win the 2018 world cup on the field, he still became the most imitated player of the tournament.
His team got eliminated after losing 2-1 to Belgium, but Neymar caught people’s attention on social media for his exaggerated reaction to tackles.
The Guardian even reported that Neymar spent 13 minutes and 50 seconds either lying or rolling on the ground during this World Cup.
The world got on board to mimic the soccer player, rolling on the floor, in supposed agony and so the Challenge was born.
The Neymar challenge is pretty self-explanatory: it sees people emulating the player rolling on the ground.
The original rules of the game require the participants to film themselves drinking a pint of an alcoholic beverage, usually beer, in one gulp and upload the footage to the web. A participant then nominates another person to do the same within 24 hours.
The game became popular in early 2014, but unfortunately it escalated as it spread, with nominees performing the challenge in more extreme circumstances.
In February 2014, a group of South Africans adapted the Neknominate game into a challenge to perform random acts of kindness for others. Similar kindness challenges include Feed the Deed in Canada and SmartNominate in France, which encourages participants to donate food to homeless people or give blood.
Food Stamp Challenge
A food stamp or SNAP challenge is a trend in the United States popularized by politicians, religious groups, community activists and food pantries, in which a family of means chooses to purchase food using only the monetary equivalent of what a family that size would receive in the US federal government Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), colloquially called food stamps.
In 2015, this amounted to US$194.00 per person per month, or $6.37 per day.