Viral Videos and Why We Love Them
A viral video is defined as a video that has become popular through internet sharing. Usually they are funny or silly. I think that part of the reason that small budget, homemade videos become viral is through word of mouth. The majority of the videos that I have been shown on YouTube were by friends or family or that I heard about “through the grapevine”.
The reason that these videos become so popular is that once one person sees it and finds it funny or entertaining he or she will tell a few people and they will tell someone else and the word spreads like wildfire.
Also, video cameras these days are relatively inexpensive. If you combine that with people who have a lot of free time on their hands you are likely to end up with some pretty funny material.
YouTube was founded in February 2005 and was officially launched in November, 2005. In July, 2006 the company said that there were an estimated 65,000 new videos being uploaded daily. It’s also estimated that in 2007, YouTube consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet in 2000 (source)!
Google acquired YouTube on November 13, 2006 and on the third year anniversary of their acquisition, Chad Hurley of Google announced that YouTube was serving “well over a billion views a day” worldwide (source).
I think that all these numbers show how a simple video can become a huge success overnight! I have favorite videos on YouTube just like everyone else. Below are a few of my favorites:
This actually makes me a little sad. It is so cringe-worthy (that’s not even a word but it should be)! It is so painful watching this girl answer the question. The question is about education in foreign countries and it should be asking about education in the state of South Carolina! What is going on in her county? Why can’t she answer a simple question? It is just awful which I think is part of the attraction. It is almost like watching a car accident; you don’t want to look but you just can’t look away.
I love these dancing inmates of the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center. They have done more than a few performances and this one is fantastic. This video has gotten 40.6 million views on YouTube and I think that they are fantastic; at dancing that is.