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    15 Feb 2019

    99 Fabulous Things That Actually Happened

    It was the best of times, look, it really was: BuzzFeedOz 2014-19.

    1. A long time ago, in a land far way (December 2013, Gadigal) BuzzFeed Australia's launch crew assembled.

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    (The guy on the left was never seen again)

    2. Five years ago, they got to work.

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    3. This was the first homepage.

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    4. Some very hackneyed Australianisms were stuck on the wall because the founding crew were all Fair Dinkum Aussies.

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    5. Stuff went viral. We had our first 1m view Aussie post.

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    (This post eventually clocked more than 9m views).

    6. We visited lots of wildlife parks (sometimes the koalas were awake). 🐨

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    7. We hired an edgy news reporter.

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    8. And were taught how to tweet by the best.

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    G'day @weeddude!

    9. We started to get organised.

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    10. As our crew grew, we kept on visiting wildlife parks.

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    11. (Sometimes the animals came to us)

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    12. We got Christmas swag.

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    13. And our ranks swelled.

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    (Our dumb meme game took off...)

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    14. In 2015, we launched @BuzzFeedOzPol.

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    On the day of the first Abbott spill!

    (It was so fun bringing our brand to the Big House)

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    15. We started doing proper news.

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    16. Breaking the internet. Interviewing proper talent. And Joe.

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    17. Our first sellers arrived from the US to get the $$$ flowing.

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    Hi Bonnie! Hi Kat!

    18. And as our office and revenue grew, we got some nice stuff.

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    19. And new, less daggy stickers!

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    20. We hired our first video producer. πŸ‘

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    21. We started getting nominated for awards (= award night mayhem).

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    22. We got so big, we moved to a new space, with break out areas for meetings!

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    23. We had our first intake of fellows.

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    (Paid interns who joined us for 12 weeks – Michelle stayed 3.5 years!)

    24. Folks won prizes (real champagne!) for megaviral posts.

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    25. BuzzFeeder of the Month (and Year).

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    26. And the ultimate honour of the BuzzFeedOz Viral Belt.

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    27. Hallomeme became an annual tradition.

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    (Jenna G won)

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    28. We started being taken more and more seriously.

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    29. And created an international incident or two. πŸ‡·πŸ‡ΊπŸ˜‘

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    30. We had our first engagement. πŸ’

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    (Though Allan had to marry in France because SSM in Oz was a few years away).

    31. And our first baby.

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    32. Our amazing social media editor took us to 1m fans on Facebook (and then 2m!)

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    33. We worked bloody hard.

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    34. No seriously, we really, really did.

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    35. We had inspiring visitors.

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    36. And lots and lots of swag.

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    37. In 2016, we pivoted to video.

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    38. Opened an office in Parliament House (and hired an amazing political reporter based in Canberra).

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    G'day Aleeeeeece! πŸ˜€πŸ‘πŸ€™

    39. And (thanks to our swelling sales team) we had increasingly big bashes. 🍻

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    40. Brilliant big bashes!

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    41. We did some really crazy shit on Facebook Live.

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    42. Like an interview with Australia's #1 (only?!) Bubble Wrap Wrestling Star.

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    43. Mudcake Madness?!

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    44. Vegemite Challenge?!

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    45. Jelly Bean Counting?!

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    46. The dumbest (most dangerous) live videos we could think of.

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    47. We nailed the 2016 election.

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    48. Nailed it!

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    49. Our election night drinking game was second to none.

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    50. Ditto our political editor's election diary.

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    51. We made increasingly brilliant video.

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    52. Award-winning video.

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    53. Mega viral video.

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    54. Mega MEGA viral video. 😍

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    55. With brilliant, natural raw talent.

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    56. And kept on making megaviral posts.

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    57. And working really hard!

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    58. We had some pretty cute interns.

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    59. Human and animal.

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    60. The ABC won our inaugural BuzzFeed News Pub Quiz.

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    (The power of legacy media)

    61. Some guy in the USA said some mean things about us.

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    62. We had brill birthday cakes.

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    63. In 2017 we moved to an even bigger office, and commissioned some awesome art.

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    64. Named our meeting rooms and studio after Aussie delicacies.

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    65. And (finally!) got our CEO to Australia. πŸ€™

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    66. We kept on working hard. ✌️

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    67. And kept on growing our reputation. Thanks for the shout-out Laurie!

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    68. Our brilliant biz team signed our biggest ever deal.

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    69. Giving eight European content creators the chance to travel around Australia with our brilliant Buzz Team. All expenses paid!

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    (Thanks Tourism Australia!)

    70. Winning BuzzFeed its first Cannes Golden Lion. 🦁

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    71. Very, very cool!

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    72. What. A. Blast!

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    73. We covered the never-ending postal survey through to its fabulous conclusion. 🌈

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    74. Doing outstanding work.

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    75. Including the first ever Walkley nominated tweet.

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    76. We covered the stuff our audience cared about.

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    77. Politics.

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    78. Indigenous Affairs. πŸ–€πŸ’›β€οΈ

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    79. Mateship.

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    80. And dating.

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    82. In 2018 we launched a live politics show on Twitter.

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    83. Hosted ABC's Insiders in our Canberra studio!

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    84. We covered yet another leadership spill.

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    85. We learned so much from our international colleagues.

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    86. We won Publish Awards!

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    87. So many Publish Awards!

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    88. SUCH A THRILL!!!

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    89. We had some epic off-sites.

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    90. And some epic parties.

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    91. We loved to party.

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    92. Christmas party.

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    93. Party like animals.

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    94. Party like it's 1999.

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    97. And we really did share the love.

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    98. So much love! ❀️

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    99. Amazing areas everyone! ✌️

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    Excellent job.

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    ICYMI the author of this post LOVES Australia! And Australia's weather, and in particular Australia's incredible wildlife. πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ίβ€οΈ

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