Social media was a weird place to be on Thursday and, let's be honest, you probably already know that.
If you spent even just a little time on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Tumblr on Thursday then you may have already seen pictures of the runaway llamas (my favorite was them dressed as Thellma and Louise), you probably argued with your friends over the color of that dang dress and you possibly already tried to figure out where you stand on net neutrality.
If so, this blog post probably isn't going to tell you anything new. Nope, no llama or black/gold dress think pieces here.
This post is actually for those of you missed one of the wildest, most inexplicable days on social media because you were preoccupied with real life and real people and now you have to walk into your offices today trying to figure out what your coworkers are talking about. Hey, it happens to all of us. So let's recap.
On a normal day this might have been the most talked about event on social media considering the FCC received a record 4 million comments from both sides prior to the vote. The document hasn't been released yet but in the end the 3-2 decision was deemed a victory for those who don't want to see a handful of Internet Service Providers control content and seen as defeat for those who feel government is over-stepping its bounds.
it is absolutely 100% perfectly fitting that the Internet celebrated a landmark net neutrality ruling by livetweeting a llama chase.— Caroline Darya (@carolineframke) February 26, 2015
And then, somehow, two llamas escaped in Sun City, AZ and people around the country became captivated as live helicopter footage showed authorities as they unsuccessfully tried to lasso the pair for several minutes.
The Twitter meme and joke machine quickly sprung to action. See some of the best memes here, courtesy of Time magazine.
just watched like 10 old people chase after this Llama is sun city. pic.twitter.com/d5IxDVztSB— Hanner (@HannahTipton19) February 26, 2015
And of course, Buzzfeed has a listicle of some of the 'most historically important moments' from the chase.
Thellma & Llouise pic.twitter.com/77rnAoErNd— Steve McPherson (@steventurous) February 26, 2015
But just when we thought we saw it all Thursday, we realized we had no idea what we were seeing.
A Tumblr user named Swiked posted a photo on her blog and asked the Internet to decide what color it was because she and her friends couldn't agree on whether it was gold and white or black and blue.
The post was picked up Buzzfeed and quickly set fire to the Internet.
I don't understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it's a trick somehow. I'm confused and scared. PS it's OBVIOUSLY BLUE AND BLACK— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 27, 2015
It seemed like an odd question when I looked at the dress and clearly saw blue and black. But then I showed it to my 6-year-old daughter sitting next to me and she saw gold and white. She then looked at me like I was crazy when I told her what I saw.
.@jimdrums just said the dress is blue. Now I don't even know who I married.— Alison Blanchet (@alisongriz) February 27, 2015
Meanwhile Buzzfeed was driving record-breaking traffic to its site by churning story after story after story about the dress, everything from what color your favorite celebrity saw to why you saw what you saw.
So what color did you see?
Is this what you want, you animals?? IS THIS WHAT YOU WANT pic.twitter.com/dbOiVAj27k— Your boy Cam (@Cam_Oflage) February 27, 2015
Anyway, that's what you missed (or didn't miss) Thursday. After all, it's all in the eye of beholder.