Thirteen-year-old Rebecca Black used $4,000 of her parents’ money to make a video of her song “Friday” and posted it on YouTube in February.
More than 86 million views later, the California teen has landed an album contract, a “Tonight Show” appearance, and spots on the Billboard and UK pop charts — not to mention her own ring tone.
Not bad for a critically panned song dubbed by millions as “the worst of all time.”
via Gone viral: Online videos turning regular people into celebrities » Latest News » EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA.
Great article about the social media explosions of viral videos used to help so called “normal” into celebrity status in a matter of hours. Some of the stats are a bit scary like this:
“According to statistics from the company’s Viral Video Chart site, in the month of May 2010, the top 200 videos were shared nearly 32 million times across Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere; by the end of last month, the figure for monthly sharing of the 200 most popular videos rose to a just more than 68 million — an increase of 36,181,451 over 10 months ago”
So, basically it can make or break a company by getting a great video around the interweb purely by having something a bit mental and different in the video, which is mental when you think about how many people are actually actively sharing these videos all over the World every second of the day.
Our video, of a dancing rabbit with a shock shake tshirt whilst shooting a Tshirt cannon at Wembley and accidentally falling over and firing a shot at man in a hat, will be out soon.