Wow! It was a wild year! Here are some of the highlights we remember as we look back over the past 12 months.
2023 Highlight #1: ChatGPT & the AI Revolution
2023 was undoubtedly a landmark year for artificial intelligence, with ChatGPT leading the charge. This advanced AI—known for its witty conversations and deep knowledge—ends the year as a household name. It single-handedly created an entirely new marketplace just for ChatGPT prompts.
While technically ChatGPT was released to the public in late November, 2022, it didn't become a household name until January of 2023. But WOW did it take over! Nearly overnight, ChatGPT brought in over 1 million users in the first 5 days after it launched. Within the first few months, its ranks swelled to over 100 million weekly users. The language model is so good, it even fooled scientists with its ai-generated scientific articles.
In response to the flood of Chatgpt-authored works, swiftly implemented measures to prohibit the use of the bot among their users. This decisive action was taken to maintain the integrity of original thought and academic rigor in their respective environments. (Not to mention, ChatGPT's occasional tendency to hallucinate bogus facts & sources).
From assisting students in their homework to helping professionals draft emails, ChatGPT's meteoric rise in 2023 gives us a glimpse of a future where AI is the norm. Shoot, you don't even have to look far to see AI already becoming a normal offering of businesses & brands.
2023 Highlight #2: TikTok Releases the Bold Filter
In the world of online filters where a little touch-up is the norm, there's this new kid on the TikTok block that's turning heads – and faces! Yes, 2023 was the year that welcomed in the "bold glamour" filter on TikTok. It's not just any filter; it's like a magic wand for your face. It chisels your chin, beefs up those brows, smooths the skin, and gives your cheeks that 'just pinched' glow.
This viral “bold glamour filter” is too much..even more insane that it’s so seamless! I mean this is why people aren’t satisfied with the way they look. Come on social media, let’s do better. No way does this look like me in real life 😂 Have you tried this craze?! pic.twitter.com/cTTYYlcFwk— Vanessa Wojtusiak (@VanessaW) February 28, 2023
This isn't your typical filter that glitches when you move or gets thrown off by a hand wave. It sticks to your face like superglue, no matter how much you twist, turn, or try to trick it. This seamlessness means viewers might not even realize it's a filter at play in your videos.
The bold glamour filter left lots of people frustrated and perplexed. Screenshots: TikTok / @joannajkenny / @chiaraking / @wearelunaapp
Gone are the days when filters were just about adding cute panda ears or giving you cartoonish, Disney-like eyes. Today's technology has evolved to a point where it's sculpting and refining your appearance in real-time, as naturally as if it were part of you. This development is particularly alarming for tweens and teens on TikTok, who are already navigating the tricky waters of beauty standards. The line between reality and digital enhancement is blurring, and that's a cause for concern.
my tiktok fyp is just endless reaction videos of people using the bold glamour AR effect— Matt Navarra - Exiting X… Follow me on Threads (@MattNavarra) February 27, 2023
chances of getting catfished on tinder just went up 300000%
It's all fun and filters until we start thinking everyone should look like they've been airbrushed to perfection in real life. Yikes, 2023!
2023 Highlight #3: Twitter... er X?
In October 2022, Elon Musk's acquisition of Twitter for $44 billion, priced at his initial offer of $54.20 per share, marked the beginning of a dramatic chapter for the social media giant. Musk's takeover quickly turned into a spectacle, characterized by rapid, widespread layoffs and unpredictable management decisions. One of his initial moves was to reduce the company's workforce by nearly half, a move that sent shockwaves through the tech world. Additionally, he introduced a new policy allowing users to purchase the coveted blue check mark verification for $8 a month, a significant shift in Twitter's approach to user verification. This lead to some hilarious moments on Twitter . . .
The spectacle continued into April 2023, when Twitter underwent a major rebranding, emerging as 'X'. This transition, amidst the backdrop of the earlier tumultuous changes, only added to the sense of unpredictability and spectacle that has come to define Musk's tenure as the head of the platform. So, yeah, 2023 was a big year for Twitter... er 'X.' (Pirates everywhere celebrate the name change. 🅧)
2023 Highlight #4: Beauty by Earth Gets Steamy
Beauty by Earth launched Shower Steamers in Breathe, Chill, and Burst Fall of 2023. They sold like gangbusters. Although we knew our luxurious steamers would be loved by everyone who tried them, we hadn't expected quite this much enthusiasm. Our steamers sold out 3 times in the first few months of being available.
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Now it's just anyone's guess as to which scent we'll come out with next...
2023 Highlight #5: Barbie Meets Oppenheimer Summer '23
In the early weeks of summer 2023, two blockbuster films opened in box offices across the USA: Oppenheimer and The Barbie Movie. Two more dissimilar films could not be imagined. Oppenheimer was dark in both subject matter and actual footage (1/2 the movie shot in black and white). Barbie, on the other hand, was colorful to the max. Images shared online humorously depicted the emotional aftermath and/or personality behind the two films. It got us seeing Barbieheimer (as we all started referring to the phenomenon) everywhere.
Just a pair of surreal houses? Nope, Barbieheimer.
A baby gender reveal? Nope, Barbieheimer.
The ingenious PR strategies of the Barbie movie only furthered this comparison. We were seeing Barbie literally everywhere: our makeup, clothing, phones, toothpaste, and even pillowcases, The speculation added an extra layer of excitement to the film releases that summer. Barbie/Oppenheimer took over the world (and a lot of funny memes were born)!
2023 Highlight #6: Prince Harry releases a tell-all book, Spare (much to his family's discomfort)
Prince Harry cast some shade on the royal family with his tell-all memoir, Spare. His revelations positively stirred the media into a frenzy & intrigue. The book is filled with personal anecdotes and never-before-heard insights into the royals. It became an instant bestseller as it offered an unprecedented glimpse into the private life and inner workings of the British monarchy.
Harry's candid reflections and sometimes critical observations about his family and their dynamics made headlines around the world, sparking debates and discussions about the royal family's role in modern society. This bold move by the Prince not only captivated the public's attention but also highlighted the ongoing tension between the traditional expectations of royal life and the desire for personal freedom and authenticity.
2023 Highlight #7: Beauty by Earth Launches a Private Facebook Group for VIPs
We launched a new, private Facebook Group. We've been loading it up with VIP giveaways, Quizzes, and info just for our customers. If you're wanting to be in the know (and probably get some freebies along the way), join the Beauty by Earth private FB group - JOIN NOW
2023 Highlight #8: Taylor Swift Steals the Show at the Chiefs vs. Chargers Game
Taylor Swift made a ruckus when she was spotted at Chiefs vs. Chargers football game. Bored female spectators nation-wide found themselves suddenly very excited about football.
YOUR Year with Beauty by Earth
You LOVED Self Tanner Body Mousse & Breathe Shower Steamers - You purchased tens of thousands of our Self Tanner Body Mousse & Breathe Steamers. You loved them so much, you're basically in a relationship at this point. (And we're happy to say, it's not a toxic one.)
You won a lot of free BBE Swag - We gave 1,100 free products to our customers this year.. so we're pretty sure you're rolling in free goodies.
You had a lot of great things to say - 26,000 comments later, we're so happy you've joined the convo on clean living.
2023 New Years Memes to Lighten Your NYE
It's time to bid farewell to the previous year and welcome the new one with open arms (and a good sense of humor). What better way to do that than with some New Year's memes? These little humorous gems will make you laugh, relax, and start the year off on a light-hearted note. Enjoy!
1. "New Year, Same Me"
We've all heard the saying "New Year, New Me," but let's be real – most of us are still the same old lovable weirdos we were last year. Embrace your quirks and share a laugh with this meme that perfectly captures the essence of staying true to yourself.
2. "New Year's Resolutions: Expectation vs. Reality"
Every year, we make grand resolutions, envisioning ourselves as the epitome of perfection. But reality often has other plans. This meme hilariously depicts the stark contrast between our expectations and the actual outcome of our resolutions. It's a reminder to not take ourselves too seriously and to find humor in our imperfections.
4. "When You Realize You Haven't Accomplished Any of Your 2023 Goals"
It's okay if you didn't achieve all your goals last year – life happens, and sometimes our plans take unexpected turns. This meme humorously captures that moment of self-reflection when you realize that your 2023 goals are still waiting to be checked off. Remember, it's never too late to start anew!
5. "New Year's Resolution: Embrace the Chaos"
Life can be unpredictable, and sometimes the best thing we can do is embrace the chaos. This meme humorously reminds us that it's okay to let go of control and go with the flow. So, raise a glass to the unexpected and welcome the new year with open arms!
There you have it – a collection of hilarious New Year's memes to kickstart your 2024 with laughter and relaxation. Remember, life is too short to take everything seriously, so embrace the humor, find joy in the little things, and let the memes keep you smiling throughout the year. Cheers to a year filled with laughter, love, and lots of memes!
Thank you for a wonderful year! Here's to a great 2024 ahead!
Beauty by Earth