20 things that happened on the Internet in 2010


This is a wee side project I helped cook up with Sahate and McBess, as part of the day job.

The picture is, like the Russian national interest, a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. It contains 20 ‘things’ that happened on the Internet in 2010. These ‘things’ include industry events, memes and great web projects. We invite you to leave your ontological, semantic and grammatical objections to one side, and guess what these ‘things’ might be.

It’s not a competition, but if you want to e-mail us us with your answers, then feel free and we’ll mail you back with the answers in a bit. It’s probably worth pointing out that quite a few of the clues refer to specific events, so Angry Birds for example isn’t really the right answer for the Angry Bird at the front of the picture. But don’t get too hung up on this, we’ll be dropping the odd clue on Twitter and remember. This. Is. Not. A. Competition.

Free Stuff
As if that isn’t enough, we’re giving away two of the 100 limited edition A1 prints of this picture each day for the next couple of weeks. All you have to do is follow us on Twitter and tweet a link to the picture using the hashtag #20things. We’ll randomly pick a couple of lucky people each day and send them a poster. We’re also on Facebook if that’s more your bag, though the real action will be on Twitter.

Mad Props
Finally, many thanks to McBess for illustrating this. Besides being a super-talented illustrator, he makes great music, film, animation and books which you should all check out.

One thought on “20 things that happened on the Internet in 2010

  1. john says:

    Update: 20things made the frontpage of Gizmodo, Wired, Reddit, Laughing Squid, The Telegraph blogs and literally hundreds of other blogs, generating over a millions views. So thank you everyone involved, especially mcbess, who is a pleasure to work with.

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