International Planking Day: Boston’s top spots for a faded fad

A Boston student demonstrates planking in Fort Point. PHOTO: PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO
A Boston student demonstrates planking in Fort Point. PHOTO: PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/METRO

Die Hard plankers might feel a little nostalgic come Saturday.

It’s the two-year anniversary of the first International Planking Day, a makeshift holiday honoring an internet meme that had its heyday in 2011.

When UberFacts recently tweeted its 4.2 Million followers that planking day was coming up on May 25, the announcement got 502 favorites and 1,284 retweets, showing that although the memorable meme may be past its prime, it’s still appreciated.

According to David Gerzof Richard, a social media professor at Emerson College, quirky viral memes speak to people’s interest in amusing their followers.

“We’ve all become content generators; self publishers. People have a way of wanting to keep their stuff interesting,” said Richard. “Having an excuse to go planking, like an International Planking Day, could be a catalyst for a number of people to get involved and have fun… It becomes like a social media flash mob.”

So what’s the secret to creating the next viral meme?

“If you had the formula for what made things go viral on the internet you’d be a billionaire,” he said. “Every brand wants to do something with social media going viral.”

In memory of planking, local social media powerhouse @BostonTweet offered Metro his top picks for viral planking success in Boston.

1. Red Auerbach in Faneuil Hall
2. Teammates at Fenway Park
3. Swan Boat in the Boston Public Garden
4. Ted Williams’ Red Chair in Fenway Park
5. The Tortoise in Copley Square
6. 100 Smoots
7. Larry Bird’s Shoes
8. Bobby Orr “The Goal”
9. The Democratic Donkey at Old City Hall
10. George Washington Statue in the Boston Common

Metro readers who choose to do some good ol’ fashioned planking Saturday can email photos to morgan.rousseau@metro.us.

Follow Morgan Rousseau on Twitter: @MetroMorgan
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