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What Does Rickrolling Mean?

Rickrolling is an internet meme that involves duping a person into clicking a URL or watching a spliced video that contains the 1987 Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give You Up.” This internet meme primarly ran its course between 2007 and 2009.

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Also known as rickroll or rick-roll.

Techopedia Explains Rickrolling

The victim who clicks a rickroll link is said to of been rickrolled (rickroll’d).

Reactions to Rickrolling originally varied between amusement and outrage. However, now that the fad has passed, being Rickrolled is viewed with a sense of nostalgia. This highlights the rapid pace at which internet memes are spread and then exhausted.

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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret Rouse
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Margaret is an award-winning technical writer and teacher known for her ability to explain complex technical subjects to a non-technical business audience. Over the past twenty years, her IT definitions have been published by Que in an encyclopedia of technology terms and cited in articles by the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, ZDNet, PC Magazine, and Discovery Magazine. She joined Techopedia in 2011. Margaret's idea of a fun day is helping IT and business professionals learn to speak each other’s highly specialized languages.