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How To Find Videos On Twitter That Everyone Is Talking About

Karl L. Gechlik 04-05-2010

zHeadNo I am not a mind reader. I am not even good at picking lotto numbers but I can tell you what YouTube videos will be going viral on Twitter in the next couple of days. This is not a magic trick but a clever use of resources.


Using a website called Zoofs we can see what videos are the most popular on Twitter right now. The website’s creator has this to say about his project:

Zoofs is a new way to discover YouTube videos that people are talking about on Twitter. Zoofs orbits around the Twitter sphere, eating through piles of tweets everyday, in search for the most tweeted YouTube videos, and applies a weighing recipe to rank the most popular Twitter topics.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s go check out Zoofs and see what it has to offer us.

When arriving at the homepage you will see a grid with 7 video thumbnails by 6 video thumbnails. Each video shows you its respective running time in the lower right hand corner of the thumbnail.

popular Twitter topics

We can click on any of the thumbnails to watch the video. Some of the thumbnails are marked with a star and a Zoof’s Pick banner. These videos are hand picked out of the popular videos by the people at Zoofs. I clicked on the image in the upper right hand corner which I instantly recognized from last night’s Simpsons episode.

popular Twitter topics

We see a window that allows us to watch the video in HTML5 format or flash so it is compatible with Apple devices (iPad, iPhone iEverythingElse). You will see statistics in the video window showing you how many views the video has on YouTube as well as how many people have tweeted its URL. The above example was watched 25,346 times and mentioned in 613 tweets.

It also categorizes the video’s genre and this one is entertainment. There are links to share the Zoofs link out on any of the popular social networks like Twitter, Facebook and Digg.

Clicking on the Zoofs Picks link at the top of the window will bring up all the videos chosen by the good people at Zoofs. This is what you see when you click on it.

popular Twitter topics

So apparently these are the best of the best. I chose the first video to take a look at what the Zoofs team thinks is funny. Then I also clicked on the last 72 hours button at the top of the screen to see what is new and hot. You can see that button in the screenshot below:

twitter video search

I chose one of the videos at random and had a good chuckle over an animated orange doing that whole Wassssssup bit back from 1999″¦

videos on twitter

Now I wanted to see what the most popular video on Zoofs were but I could not figure out how to sort them by tweets or views. I was able to show the videos in a list format that did have the views and tweet counts listed as you can see in the shot below:

videos on twitter

If anyone can let me know how to sort the videos by views or tweets let me know in the comments!

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