The Six Year Anniversary of the Re-Naming of Yiying Lu’s ‘Lifting A Dreamer’ To Twitter ‘Fail Whale’
May 30, 2014 10:23
This is the six year anniversary re-naming of the once-ubiquitous “Fail Whale“, which is an illustration of a white beluga whale being held up by a flock of birds. It became synonymous with Twitter experiencing downtime.
Originally named “Lifting A Dreamer“, it was created by graphic designer Yiying Lu in 2009 until it was re-named in that same year by Twitter user Nick Quaranto.
The fan base creative expression of the “Lifting a Dreamer” (“Fail Whale”) has grown tremendously over the past 6 years, from tattoo to 3D sculptures, Lego to beer labels, cakes to street art…the “Fail Whale” gradually became a culture icon. There are hundreds, probably thousands, of funny ‘modified’ Lifting a Dreamer on the internet.
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