Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Viral Videos

It is amazing as to how quick people view videos around the world. All one has to do is enter the site known as YouTube. Want to see a clip from your favorite movie? Maybe an upcoming trailer? How about a music video you missed on VH1? Or what if you're in a bad mood and need something to cheer you up? All of these questions have one answer: YouTube.
Everyone knows about the "David after Dentist" video or the "Sneezing Panda" and the reason for that is because they are viral videos. No, I'm not saying the videos are spreading viruses, but they are spreading to other people. The reason I have seen many YouTube clips is because of my friends. Many of them will post a YouTube video on their Facebook or even share it with me and that's really how videos become viral. Basically, they're chain letters, except much less annoying.
Rather than just watching the videos, users can also post their own. Many musicians like to post performances for others to watch or even show tutorials for inspiring musicians. Maybe if you're lucky, one of yours videos might become viral worldwide which may even make you famous. Who knows?

1 comment:

  1. Great point, and here we see the power of social media in connecting people all around the world, making it that much easier for information to spread. It is through networking that we get the notion of viral video, viral marketing, and going viral, which is derived from the idea of the media virus (the title of a book by Doug Rushkoff), and Richard Dawkins' term "meme" (the equivalent of a gene, an idea that replicates itself by being passed on from one mind to another).