It’s hard to say what will go viral online at any given time. Carp? Of course. Andrew Cuomo’s Nipples? It happened. The Internet’s latest eye-catcher is less fishy and less … meaty than the two above, but no less bizarre: a low-quality take on Apple’s Notepad app that was developed by a small Korean studio about two years ago. It’s called Paste Keyboard, and is the most popular iPhone app in the United States now.
An intrepid reporter in Mashable was u first to note that the app is not only the first place in the App Store now, but has managed to exploit that place by TikTok. There is nothing to sneeze at; not only TikTok was the the most downloaded IOS app in 2020, but I still loved its spot at the top of the graphics in order at least a year, date or take a few shots.
It’s impossible to say exactly what was the tipping point, but in the last days of May, Paste exploded. An independent analysis by mobile app researchers at AppFigures shows that the keyboard went from enjoying about 100 to 150 downloads per day, on average, to scan 29,000 downloads on May 29th. On Monday, more than 127,000 people downloaded it. After 182,000. Over the past two weeks, more than 346,000 applications have been downloaded sometimes — almost entirely by people in the United States.
The app went from being # 910 in the “Utilities” category of the App Store to being # 1 in literally four days. Their numbers are still in a rage. Ma why?
If you download the app, you will find that it is just a utility tool to copy and paste. It’s a blank white canvas that allows you to write monologues, cuppastas, or really anything you want, and then save it to a dedicated keyboard so you can paste it somewhere later. Here we go. Not to say that this is not a useful tool, but I think we can all accept that it is not # 1 app material.
I didn’t have to look very far to know what people do with the app. When I pulled out the latest five-star reviews for the Paste Keyboard, I was faced with what can only be described as a straight, unpainted Zoomer Humor wall:
Miss the Rage is a single that was released by favorite rapper TikTok Trippie Red in late May after he did last month announcing his next track on the platform. The only way I can describe the track and the accompanying music videos is: A lot. There is a burning car. There is a hobby. There is a floating head that is almost certainly one Zordon tore. Like I said, a lot.
The final version of the video also lacks something – a hook from its rapper Mario Judah shouting “I miss anger” in its best nu-metal voice. While the verse was fell without ceremonies before the last release of the song, she didn’t sign her adolescence online spamming through TikTok to his followers, which quickly turned into those same teens trying to spam each other walls and walls of text to others. Don’t think about it too much, that’s what it is.
As it turns out, the tool they are using to spam their friends is and Paste Keyboard. In TikTok, now, there are healthy tutorials determine how to use the app. There is a good part of it YouTube tutorials, as well. After downloading the app myself, I can confirm that it makes spamming text walls to people really easy. Instead of combing fori (Or your Notepad app of choice) every time you want to avoid that obscure spam to send to your friends, the keyboard saves it just for you. All you have to do is pull it out, tap the Pasta you want, and you have a whole wall of text, ready to go. Yeah, it’s really silly.
Apparently, the app escaped nothing because the iron-poisoned teen realized she could use it to spam walls of text with little effort in cyberspace. I like literally every TikTok trend in recent memory, I can’t say I’ve really “understood” why it’s funny, and I probably never will. Then again, the mood of my own generation is really high it is not better.