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article imageFacebook profile pictures taken over by cartoon characters

By Kim I. Hartman     Dec 4, 2010 in Internet
Are you wondering why many of your Facebook friends suddenly changed their profile picture to cartoon characters? The latest fad to go viral on the social networking site has users changing their profile pictures to cartoon images from their childhood.
The objective of this latest trend is not to see any human faces on Facebook in support of the fight to stop Violence Against Children.
Email notices and Facebook status updates read - from now until December 6:
"Change your profile picture to your favorite cartoon from when you were a kid," it says on the note that is being passed around between friends. "The goal of this game is not to see a human picture on Facebook, but an invasion of childhood memories until Monday. PLAY AND PASS ALONG!"
And judging from this morning's Google trends and Twitter traffic, Facebook users across the site are enjoying the animated walk down memory lane, reports ABC news.
Earlier this morning, "cartoons from the 90s," "bobby's world," "1990 cartoons," "muppet babies" and plenty of other cartoon-related phrases dominated Google's list of hot searches.
The origin of the popular cartoon craze has been credited to a new social media campaign known as Childhood Cartoon Faces, according to the New York Daily News. They hope to raise awareness of violence against children by encouraging Facebook users to ditch traditional pictures in favor of the cartoon images
ABC reports, the original message was in Greek and translated to "From the 16th to the 20th of November, we shall change our profile pictures to our favourite cartoon characters."
According to meme tracking site KnowYourMeme, a strikingly similar meme went viral just a week before.
While most Facebook users do not know who is behind this campaign, many have participated not only because its fun but because they want to show their support in the fight to end violence inflicted on children.
What was your favorite cartoon character when you were a kid?
Will you join in the fun?
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