3D memes are nothing new, but they sure are evolving quickly.
First introduced in 2012, according to Know Your Meme, one of the earliest-known 3D memes was Computer Reaction Guy, but there wasn't much of a reaction then compared to the increasing popularity of the trend today.
Facebook rolled out a new 3D photos feature where users can share pictures showing depth between the subject and its background.
However, you will need a smart phone that is compatible with your camera phone's dual lenses to render images "like you're looking through a window" for posting 3D photos on Facebook.
So while everyone can see a 3D meme, not everyone can post one.
3D memes will soon be flooding your Facebook and Instagram feeds https://t.co/yTpQFkfuIy by @JJWritesThings https://t.co/q2r322XvWh— KnowTechie (@KnowTechie)1540577538.0
Facebook announced their latest development that is enhancing your photo-sharing experience.
"You can also view 3D photos in VR using the Oculus Browser on Oculus Go or Firefox on Oculus Rift. Everyone will be able to see 3D photos in News Feed and VR today, while the ability to create and share 3D photos begins to roll out today and will be available to everyone in the coming weeks."
Here, they shared an example of a 3D meme of Elon Musk, with lasers darting out from his eyes as he says, "I see you," referring to his online feud with Fortnite.
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Another Facebook page adding to the phenomena is 4d3d3d3 Engaged.
Here, they post a moth's vision as it looks into the heart-eyed emoji of a lamp.
To interact with these next generation of memes, you simply click and drag the image to view all angles.
Sometimes, developers like to hide Easter eggs behind the meme. Dimemetional shared 4d3d3d3 Engaged's post, asking followers, "Can you spot our logo?"
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"The memes are evolving," 4d3sd3s3 Engaged wrote in their "about" section, shedding some light on the future of the meme.
"Whenever a new frontier is established, memes will rise to the challenge and come to our aid, working alongside us to provide a much-needed break from reality."
"Now memes are trickling into the third dimension. For too long it has been one-sided. We have been making forays into the world of memes—now memes are coming into ours."
From a marketing standpoint, employing 3D images is a no-brainer, according to Marni Hamberg, digital brand manager of Ritas – the Facebook Page for Anheuser-Busch's Bud Light Ritas.
"The visual moves and changes encourage people to tap into and expand more," Hamberg told Digiday.
"Long-form video has been declining as attention span [in News Feed declines]. 3D photos is the logical next step as a format that grabs your attention."
Even popular memes from the past are getting a facelift, like the "Distracted Boyfriend" meme.
According to Know Your Meme, "Within 72 hours, the post gained over 200,000 shares, 47,000 reactions and 37,000 comments
Gotta love 3d memes, turned this one around completely and discovered this Gem. https://t.co/oUApKadeTA— Captain Deadpool (@Captain Deadpool)1540357130.0
3D Memes are the Future thanks to Facebook’s 3D Photos https://t.co/iTPgNoXe4R https://t.co/iOmZj3D1W3— Techweez (@Techweez)1540551756.0
The next logical evolutionary step of the meme is a meme in 3D 🔥 #FridayFeeling https://t.co/zGTUJBA42M— 𝖛𝖆𝖑𝖊𝖓𝖙𝖎𝖓𝖆 ✣ 𝖑𝖔𝖗𝖉 🌑 (@𝖛𝖆𝖑𝖊𝖓𝖙𝖎𝖓𝖆 ✣ 𝖑𝖔𝖗𝖉 🌑)1540562353.0
It's still too early to tell if the niche trend will take off since not everyone has the capacity to post 3D photos online.