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Viral videos

  • Mano a Mano in El Baño: Fabio takes on Old Spice guy

    Just when you thought it was safe to concenrate on your work and not be distracted by anything on the interwebs, Old Spice proves you wrong. Fabio, the "new" Old Spice guy has challenged the "old" Old Spice guy, Isaiah Mustafa, to a duel. So if you have plans for Tuesday, July 26th 12pm EST (5pm GMT), cancel them because this promises to be interesting. Italian male model/actor, Fabio, who appeared on...

  • A quick look at TEDGlobal 2011

    This last week I was in Edinburgh, Scotland at the TEDGlobal conference. As always, it was filled with inspiring talks, great conversations and I went away with a brain full of new ideas. I’m one of the TED Senior Fellows, and I should add that there is one more week open for applications to this program. Every class of new TED Fellows seems to get better, where their talent, ability to speak and communicate their ideas grows stronger. In fact, I think this year’s TED Fellows talks were at a higher quality on average than TED U talks. Not all of...

  • Ten of the coolest TED talks [Videos]

    The Technology, Entertainment and Design (TED) conferences bring together luminaries from a wide range of fields. They come to delight and entertain us with stories of their endeavours -- told in less than 18 minutes. We have hand-picked ten of the coolest videos: Featured below are journalists, scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs who have “ideas worth spreading”. Joshua Klein: The amazing intelligence of crows Joshua Klein has spent the last 10 years obsessing about crows. These birds traditionally known as harbingers of doom and death are revealed to have a remarkable intelligence. Klein built a vending machine that harnesses this intelligence, in the...

  • ‘Royal Wedding’ goes viral on YouTube

    There's no need to worry or rejoice, depending on your perspective on the Royal Wedding, the big day is still to come. But you would be forgiven for thinking that you had missed it, seeing as the first royal wedding of the social media era, has already gone viral on YouTube. With an array of royal look-a-likes, European and American mobile phone service provider, T-Mobile has yet-again had another hit in it's long-time...

  • Twin baby brothers a viral hit on YouTube

    A video of a pair of diaper-clad babies seemingly engaged in an animated conversation in a home kitchen was a fast-spreading YouTube sensation. The two-minute snippet of the lively exchange between twin brothers barely old enough to stand has been watched more than 5-million times since it was uploaded to the Google-owned video sharing website on Valentine's Day. The then 17-month-old boys laughed, gestured, and raised their feet during what appeared to be a baby talk chat so genuine that it inspired viewers to add playful captions suggesting translations. Suggestions included that one brother telling the other "That diaper is so 2010"...

  • Discover your world with Twitter

    Twitter's homepage normally houses a demo video that explains the microblogging site to newcomers. The video shows us the various way to use Twitter and how to get the most out of the site. The demo video has now been replaced by a new video titled: "Follow your interest. Discover your world". The new video showcases high profile Twitter users talking about what they care about, who they follow and what they want to know. Successful entrepreneur Richard Branson (@RichardBranson) says he uses Twitter, "to learn about things and share what people are doing to make the world a...

  • YouTube begot the Rebecca Blacks, we entertained the mediocrity

    YouTube is a great medium. It has allowed many of us to chase dreams that once seemed lost and explore new aspects of ourselves. The video sharing site's tagline is "broadcast yourself" -- but let's face it: not everything needs a public platform. Rebecca Black's song certainly didn't need one. Neither did the countless other terrible videos that just haven't been "lucky" enough to get hated into a trending topic. Rebecca Black is not the problem nor is her monotone atrocity of a song (maybe the song is a little) but it is more of a reflection on our...

  • Rebecca Black is laughing all the way to the bank

    Rebecca Black, the 13-year old singer who has been widely panned for singing "the worst song ever", is laughing all the way to the bank. Billboard.com has estimated that the singer is making about US$27 000 per week off the song, and is likely to make even more once she releases her acoustic version, which she announced she is doing to dispel the rumours that she needs auto-tune to sing. The Hollywood Reporter picks up the story: "...iTunes pays 70 cents per download. "Friday" has reportedly been downloaded several hundred thousand times, and is listed as No.45 on iTunes...

  • Casey Heynes: Anti-bully champion and viral sensation

    Casey Heynes has just become an overnight internet hero. Heynes is seen in a YouTube clip body-slamming a bully. In a scene reminiscent of David and Goliath, where David is the aggressor and Goliath is a rather meek and mild pacifist, the much smaller David taunts Goliath relentlessly. Goliath, at first, does nothing and takes the punishment, but then suddenly something deep inside Goliath snaps and he unleashes the fury on a now, we're sure, terrified David. David's frail form is tossed into the concrete floor like a sack of potatoes and those who have ever been bullied gain...

  • Teenage pop singer goes viral for all the wrong reasons

    Be careful what you wish for. That seems to be the bottom line when it comes to the sorry tale of Rebecca Black and her already disastrous pop career. When the young songstress woke up on Monday morning, her YouTube song "Friday" had only had 10 000 hits. But by the end of the day she had become an internet legend for all the wrong reasons, racking up over 2-million hits and becoming a worldwide trending topic....for all the wrong reasons. The auto-tuned vocals, the disastrous lyrics, the dance moves, the overage rapper and the underage actors....it all comes across...

  • ‘Jennifer Aniston sex tape’ pokes fun at internet memes

    In a smooth and elegant new advertising campaign for Smart Water, Hollywood celebrity Jennifer Aniston touches on all the popular memes of the day in a shameless act of SEO-baiting that manages to poke fun at viral videos while ensuring that the ad gets all the web traffic that they generate. The new ad is a who's who of what's hot on the web right now. Everything from cute puppies to dancing babies, Double Rainbow Guy and that crazy kid who mimes hit songs into camera, is featured in the ad. Aniston even kicks a guy in the crotch because...

  • Muammar Gaddafi: Revolutionary, dictator, YouTube star

    A remixed dance version of a rambling speech by Libya's Colonel Gaddafi has gone viral on the internet, and has been broadly embraced by Arab youths at the center of revolutionary movements shaking North Africa. And to add insult to injury for the dictator desperately holding on to power, the viral video was made by an Israeli DJ called Noy Alooshe, 31, a journalist, musician and internet buff. Alooshe, 31, said he...

  • Vicus: The story of a YouTube & social media quest

    On Tuesday morning, Memeburn broke the news that we had tracked down the original YouTube viral video featuring Vicus. The events that took place in the days that followed our original post have since given us insight into the competitive world of online talent search, and what viral really means in a developing country like South Africa. The earliest copy of Vicus' video on YouTube was uploaded by Caldwell Caster in May 2010, but it was only subsequent copies of Caldwell's video that went viral. In total there were four copies of Vicus' video on YouTube and the most popular...

  • The quest for ‘Vicus’: Finding a YouTube sensation

    Recently a video of a young South African boy playing guitar and singing "These Arms" by All 4 One went viral on YouTube. Not much later, Sony International sends down a team to South Africa to find the kid and make all his dreams come true. But no one can find him... It's early 2010 and sitting in a little room in Eldorado Park Johannesburg is a little boy with his guitar, playing while a family member pushes record on their cellphone. He doesn't play because he knows about Justin Bieber or Greyson Chance, he simply plays because he loves music. The...

  • Retailers missing out on video to increase sales

    The research is out: Using videos effectively don’t only up the number of conversions on your retail site – they actually reduce the rate of returns too. Videos are on the most rapidly growing content types for online sellers. The e-tailing group‘s 13th Annual Mystery Shopping Study revealed that the 100 leading retailers reviewed increased their use of online videos by 18%, between the fourth quarter of 2009 and the fourth quarter in 2010. A core challenge remaining is the integration of online video for the average retailer. Craig Wax, CEO of Invodo, which creates videos for retailers and provides a platform...