Tom Daley, the English diver who won bronze in the London 2012 Olympics, while predicting the end of Chinese domination in that sport by the Rio 2016 Games, has transcended the swimming pool to become a pop cultural icon in the UK – wowing scores of screaming fans at books signings, and showing off his underarm tattoo (and Speedo) on television programs.
He’s also become a social media sensation thanks to his own Twitter profile, which has 1.6 million followers -- to date -- many of whom are famous and message and retweet Britain’s newest teenage idol on a regular basis.
And now, the diver has also become part of the “meme royalty” populated by the likes of American “not impressed” gymnast McKayla Maroney, presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee Paul “Hey Girl” Ryan and Canadian heartthrob Ryan “F*ck Yeah” Gosling.
“F*ck Yeah Tom Daley” is the newest Tom Daley Tumblr fan blog that is following the diving star’s whereabouts in the aftermath of the London 2012 Olympics. Inspired in the fan Tumblr “F*ck Yeah Ryan Gosling,” Daley’s Tumblr exploits the 18-year-old Olympian’s sex appeal by posting images from the diver’s Twitter and Instagram accounts as well as still photographs and gifs of the diver’s appearances in Britain’s hottest “chat programs.”
Ever since the unforgettable “Texts from Hillary,” Tumblr, the microblogging platform, has cleverly reinvented itself in the wake of Pinterest and Instagram. A big part of this success has been the string of famous unofficial blogs about celebrities and politicians which make celebrities more accessible to online fans through often user generated memes and coverage that goes viral in matter of minutes. Hillary, Gosling, Paul Ryan and McKayla are good examples of this trend. And now, the British Olympic diver can say he’s entered the shrine of new social celebrities that will keep heating up the web with their antics on and off screen (and the swimming pool).