I admit that I am a bit freaky about data. Numbers, and what they tell you. I also admit that I am a bit Rain Man about them–perhaps much more idiot than savant. But sometimes I see stories in flat numbers.
The story begins with this video.
Since being posted 4-months ago, it has been viewed 9,037,074 times. That includes 1 million views since I first saw it two weeks ago. For some odd reason, I am entertained by the video, and have since learned to do the Crank Dat Soulja Boy dance. Very aerobic. [as an aside: you can do it, too. Here is a link to the instructional video which has been viewed 1,266,561 times since August 2nd. ]
Now here is the story. Somehow millions of people have seen the simple, low-res video of three guys doing part of a dance. It has become a viral thing of beauty. I have seen it and sent it on to more than a few people. They have seen it and sent it on, too.
Why do people like this video? I don’t know.
Looking at other videos on YouTube can give a window into what people are drawn to–maybe even the zeitgeist.
- Best card trick ever has 6,660,783 views in a year.
- Obama Girl has 3,427,570 views in 2 months.
- Teletubbies dance to Buttons by Pussycat Dolls viewed 944,280 times in the past year.
- The President’s 9/11 speech was viewed 11,800 since it was posted 10 months ago.
- The most visited video with a CPR how-to has been viewed 9,455 in 11 months.
What are you watching? What do you value?