Christina Ricci's pig-shaped nose in the recent film Penelope is part of nasophilia, a Buzzfeed-identified Internet trend.
There's always some killer blog, video or Flickr page awaiting discovery. Scott Lamb, editor at Buzzfeed.com, helps provide an essential service for those who want to stay one step ahead: He and his friends cull the Web so you don't have to.
Buzzfeed.com is an online clearinghouse for the newest, best Internet phenomena. Lamb says the staff take advantage of every possible tool to help winnow the endless Web offerings, but that they do occasionally push the odd blog or video just because they like it. "We don't try to do much editorializing on the negative side," Lamb says.
Lamb cites three new strands buzzing on the 'Feed:
- Nasophilia: Penelope, the recent film starring Christina Ricci with a nose that resembles a pig's, has highlighted something called nasophilia — or nose fetishism. "Ricci was hoping to get some Oscar buzz," Lamb says.
- Postcards From Yo Mama: A month-old blog that already earned its administrators a book deal collects e-mails that readers submit from their moms. "It's not too ironic," Lamb says. "A lot of them are about how moms don't understand technology."
- Tina Fey: Following the release of Baby Mama, Lamb and others at Buzzfeed expected the beginning of a backlash, the potent storm of Web criticism that can easily befall a once-beloved star. "But [Fey]'s in stasis," Lamb says. "The buzz is split. ... It's really rare."