Thanks to a combination of the ubiquitousness of YouTube and the omnipresence of smartphones (Justin Pot not included) the Web has become awash with short clips showing anything and everything you care to mention. Add social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter into the mix and the age of the viral video is born.
Viral videos are videos which, for whatever reason, go viral. Meaning they spread across the Web infecting people as they go with their powers of vapidly entertaining the masses. There have been countless viral videos over the years, but which stand out for you, and why do you suppose they went viral in the first place? Thus this week’s We Ask You is born.
This Week’s Question…
We want to know, What Is Your Favorite Viral Video Of All Time? “What is there to make use of with this one?” I hear you asking. Well, not only do we get to enjoy the entertainment provided by sharing some of the most watchable videos ever produced with each other, we can also explore what it is that makes a video go viral.
It seems unlikely that there is a magic formula to creating a viral video… some work, some don’t, regardless of quality. Some people seem able to produce multiple viral videos, while others enjoy five minutes of fame as their one hit wonder travels across the Web before disappearing without trace just as quickly.
This is, therefore, a two-part question.
Firstly, please share your favorite viral video of all time with the rest of the MakeUseOf readership. It could be a classic such as Leave Britney Alone or the Rickroll, or it could be a recent phenomenon such as Nyan Cat, Gangnam Style, or the Harlem Shake. My favorite is the Hitler Reacts meme, though Keyboard Cat (pictured) also ranks highly.
Secondly, state the reason why you like this video so much. Did it make you laugh out loud? Was it maddeningly addictive or pure entertainment? What one element made it stand out, leading you to share it with friends and family? After all, that’s how videos become viral in the first place.
If we can somehow find the secret (if there is one) to what makes a video go from something seen by a few hundred people to something seen by millions then we will have achieved what many others have failed to do before us. It’s a challenge, but we think you’re up to the job. If not, well, we still get to watch some awesome YouTube clips.
All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, and the respect of other readers. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?
We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.
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