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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.

April 7, 2010 at 11:43 am 6 comments

Topic of the Week 2:Haiti. PRCA 3030

Today I read an article on CNN detailing not only the destruction caused by the earthquake that hit Haiti’s capital Port au Prince, but also the amount of donations that relief organizations have received from concerned citizens.  What surprised me the most was not how much people were giving, but the forms in which they were giving.  Now more than ever people are donating through online sources and texts.

The 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Port au Prince on Tuesday, January 12th2010.  By that Thursday, the American Red Cross had already succeeded in raising $3 million dollars through text messaging.  Those numbers had doubled Friday morning.  The Red Cross upon hearing of the tragedy in Haiti set up donations through text where people could text “HAITI” to 90999 and $10 would be donated. By Friday morning, “Red Cross” was among the top 10 most popular topics on Twitter.

Celebrities also caused a media craze by donating their status’s to the relief efforts.  Lindsay Lohan, Adam Lambert, Ben Stiller, and Wyclef Jean all tweeted asking for donations to be sent to Haiti.

Craigslist posted a list of relief sites with links where people could donate.  Many Facebook users also responded quickly to the tragedy in Haiti and created groups where people could show their support.  The largest reached over 170,000 people.

More than half of the donations received by the Red Cross have been donated from online sources.  The Red Cross has it’s own blog, it’s own online newsroom, as well as it’s Flickr, Facebook, and Youtube accounts.

January 17, 2010 at 11:24 am Leave a comment


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