Combing through Facebook comments comes  trash dove, a purple dove (pigeon) that persistently and tirelessly keeps on banging its head in a dazzling upward and downwards movement as if it was paid to do all that! The fact is, if you are the type that enjoys reading comments on Facebook pages and posts, there is a 99% likelihood of you catching a continuous sight of this funny “bird”.

What is it all about and where did it start its journey into social media life to the extent of becoming the latest meme, one which has gone viral on social media. Who created it, with what intentions? Well, it’s just an­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­other comment sticker, an animated GIF which is one of a collective pack of comment and messenger stickers.

Before you read on, let me make a point here, while most of us think this latest meme is as funny and interesting just as it is, still others think this is just another useless and irritating GIF sticker on Facebook. But irrespective of the different views of social media followers, personally I think it’s such a fun to see another crazy bird do weird things.

Back on point, the purple dove is one GIF in a pack of stickers for social media interactions. You have no doubt the folks on social media, including you and I have recently taken on a more serious note the need to adopt stickers and simple GIFs to simplify thoughts and emotions that otherwise will use a lot of text items to eat more space on pages. In the light of this, a noble artist made some awesome creations that has come to be the “hey” on social media, particularly Facebook.

Trash Dove was created by a female artist, Syd Weiler, who was inspired by pigeons she once sighted near a pond in Minneapolis according to Mashable.

Weiler said she got the idea while visiting Minneapolis. “I was sitting by a pond … and there were just pigeons everywhere,” she said. “I had never thought about pigeons before. They’re funny little birds. They have really shiny, colorful, almost rainbow-y feathers, but then they bob around and waddle and beg for food. They’re like doves but they eat trash”―Mashable

According to the same report, the creator made and submitted the images of the dove to social media, originally available on iOS 10 last year. They were digital copies of her original drawings which “She even streamed their creation live on Twitch. TV where she is a full-time creative streamer”.

Why so popular on social media?

Interestingly, at the end of January, the sticker pack was introduced to Facebook where it went viral by one particular sticker in the pack that features a purple pigeon with a continuously head-banging motion (upward and downward movement) which Facebook users have adopted in creating fun in comment sections and text messaging. It has since been featured in animated videos, copied on pictures and has been spreading like uncontrollable virus―it has really gone viral.

It is interesting that the creator, Syd has herself been given the share of the fun in the work she brought to the world. Her posts on Facebook, has seen “her purple dove” head-banging in the comment trends too. Her followers will not stop posting trash dove in her comment boxes, and this she says is funny. She has declared how she loves seeing the world enjoy her latest creation.

While some (few) Facebook users think it’s annoying, a larger section of the Facebook  “citizens” think this isn’t only weird but funny for its notable head-banging motion and I’ll confess that the latter group of users is where I belong. Interestingly, this has been the latest meme that has gone viral on Facebook and other social media platforms.

Here’s what a Facebook user posted in a comment on Be like Bro‘s post related to this meme:

“FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DON’T KNOW WHAT THE STICKER MEANS:- It’s a sticker from a Facebook sticker set called Trash Dove, and started becoming viral few days ago in Thailand. As for how it is popular, it is because some people somehow found the sticker (this one in particular) very annoying (well including me). Many other people think the sticker is cool and/or it’s funny how someone got annoyed over this and began spamming with it in comments section. This went viral when popular Facebook pages joined the spamming festival and soon enough it’s all over Facebook. On a side note, there’s also an issue where the sticker creator Syd Weiler posted a thank you image for Thai people who made it so popular. The image is the Trash Dove holding Thai flag with its leg, which some Thai people found offensive*. Some other people think it’s nonsense to get offended over this, so as a result, there was a number of dramas in Thai Facebook about the issue. In the end, Syd Weiler apologized for it on her Facebook page”―SSS


What do you think? Tell us your views in the comment box below and SHARE this article with your friends on social media―let them learn more about the fun they’ve come to be part of. And to those who are still not into it, let them join the fun! Thanks to Syd Weiler.

Philemon O'Arpelleh

Philemon O'Arpelleh (Philarpy) is the Founder (CEO) of Oxelle Media. He is a young talented Professional Teacher, Tech Writer & works part time as a Graphics & Web Designer. Currently, he's working as a Web Designer @PMP. He simply loves Research & Publishing.

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