Harlem Shake. More
Commander Chris Hadfield performs David Bowie’s Space Oddity on board the International Space Station. More
Solid Concepts produces the first 3D printed metal gun. More
Computer programmer & activist Aaron Swartz dies. More.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel discovers her phone was tapped by the NSA. Allegedly. More
The Internet reacts to the US federal government shutdown with a picture of a child in a bear costume outside a zoo. More
Google’s Project Loon. More
Post-It & Evernote partnership. More
Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, buys The Washington Post. More
Google retires its popular RSS reader. More
A hoax ad for iOS7 claims the software update will make Apple devices waterproof. More
The online black market Silk Road is closed down. More
What Does the Fox Say? More
Twitter IPO. More
Ryan Gosling won't eat his cereal. More
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer‘s farewell speech. More
Dove Real Beauty Sketches. More
Volvo Trucks’ Epic Split video feat. Jean Claude Van Damme. More
‘Selfie’ is Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year. More
Worst twerk fail EVER. More
We have chosen the funniest, craziest and most impressive things that happened on the Internet in 2013. Here are the stories behind them.
We have a bunch of limited edition t-shirts featuring illustrations from 20Things artists Brosmind to give to fans of 20Things.
We want much more than that. You'll need to pay with your creative efforts as we’ll be creating special tasks for you to complete in exchange for t-shirts.
Each task will only be open for a short while, so check our Twitter account for announcements and be ready!
We want to see your creativity so make them big! Tweet us a photo of your creation (bonus points for use of colour) and remember to use the hashtag #20things when you post it. Everyone who completes the task before it closes gets a t-shirt!
Dove used a professional sketch artist to prove just how beautiful we all are (thing 18). Now its your turn.
Tweet us a hand-drawn self portrait showing us just how beautiful you are. Don't forget to use the hastag #20things and please note that we want real portraits here, stick drawings will not be accepted!
Jean Claude Van Damme's efforts between two volvo trucks really took the internet by storm (thing 18). Can you do the same? If you think you can tweet us a video or photo (youtube/instagram/twitter) of yourself doing the splits to prove it (not between two trucks obviously). Include the #20things hashtag in your video/video to let us know its legit!
Some were unwittingly fooled into destroying their phones in 2013. Are you willing to take that risk for a t-shirt?
Tweet us a video (vine/instagram/youtube) of a working mobile phone being dropped in water and you will have earned a t-shirt.
Don't forget to include the hastag #20things in your submission so we know its the real deal!
We're Bowie fans here and we loved Captian Hadfields rendition of Space Oddity (thing 2). But what we'd really like is to hear you play it for us.
If you've got an instrument and know at least the first verse, get yourself onto a Google Hangout On Air right now and tweet us a link to it. We can't wait to hear you!
Don't forget to use the hastag #20things
There is a lot of mystery around the revelations that the NSA hacked German Chancellor Angela merkel's phone? (thing 5). What do you think they heard her saying? Perhaps an order for pizza? Compaining to the power company? How about you tell us? Call this number (+44) 0203 206 4120 right now and leave us your best Angela Merkel impersonation.
This year’s illustration is by Brosmind Studio which is made up of brothers Juan and Alejandro Mingarro. Their style is optimistic, often with a touch of humour. They use a mix of analogue and digital techniques involving lots of hand-drawn sketching to produce the finished illustration.
Check out the making of photos
For the 2011 edition we turned to Ars Thanea, an amazing creative agency in Warsaw and sister agency to SYZYGY (creators of 20Things). With great experience creating CGI & digital art, Creative Director Peter Jaworowski and Artist Michal Lisowski brought a refreshing realistic style to the illustration of 20Things.
Filesharing site Megaupload was shut down by the FBI on account of privacy violations.
Another big deal was made when Zynga snatched up OmgPop just 5 weeks after the launch of Draw Something.
Korean music video/dance phenomenon/hit song Gangnam Style went viral. Ai Wei Wei and Amnesty made their own versions.
Mass Effect fans protested over ending of the third and final release of the game by sending 402 red, blue and green cupcakes to Bioware , the game studio.
Short film “Kony” released by the Charity Invisible Children is probably the most viral video ever.
Ridiculously Photogenic Guy. A chance snap shot at a 10K run in Charleston, South Carolina, turned Zeddie Little into an Internet meme.
“Push to add drama.” Campaign for launch of TV channel TNT in Belgium went viral.
Founder of Commodore Jack Tramiel dies at age 83.
Reddit users try to solve the mystery of a cryptic subway code.
2012 was the first time athletes really shared images & experiences from inside the Olympics. Many fell in love with the Gorilla sculpture in the Olympic Village.
In January some of the biggest websites went black in protest of the Sopa and Pipa bills. It was the largest online protest in Internet history.
Facebook acquired photo sharing app Instagram for $1 billion.
The affordable and not-for-profit computer, Raspberry Pi, was released for sale in February.
Tim Berners-Lee’s tweet “this is for everyone” was displayed across the Olympic stadium during the opening ceremony.
On Election Day, Twitter creative lead Doug Bowman posted this update: “RIP fail whale,” as Twitter coped with a record of 327,452 tweets per minute.