The Most Elusive Viral Post

The concept of something “going viral” has been around for a long time, but since the internet crashed the party, the phrase took on a whole new meaning.

There are thousands upon thousands of examples of things going viral on the internet, from ideas, to jokes, urban legends and media of all forms.

With the advent of blogs, social media and online mass media (the viral dream team, if you will), text, music, pictures and videos have seen their fifteen minutes of fame like never before, with millions more people tapping into what they otherwise would have missed on the snail paced mediums of television and radio.

The idea of viral media may have started off on obscure forums open only to the computer geeks of the 90’s, but today it involves everyone, from teenagers on Facebook to work colleagues sending chain mail.

If you think you’ve never seen viral media, think again.

Ever heard of the “FREE HUGS” campaign?

It started with a video filmed in Sydney’s Pitt St Mall in 2006 – check it out:

Not only has the YouTube clip had over 73 million views to date, it has also sparked hundreds of copy cat videos; a successful campaign to say the least.

How about acclaimed singer Susan Boyle, who started out with a show stopping performance on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009.

Luckily for all of us who didn’t happen to watch it as it aired, it became one of the most watched videos on YouTube, with 4 million views in just 4 days (and now more than a gob smacking 100 million views).

Pictures Going ViralPictures have had just as much internet success, from shots of married celebs sneaking around to some photos that just have to been seen to be believed:

But it’s not just any media that goes viral – it must meet the needs of millions of internet users from across the globe.

While a lot of viral media falls into the funny category, it’s one of the hardest criteria to meet; to go viral means it has a universally funny meaning, something which most comedians won’t even claim to have!

Although, a sneezing panda is probably funny whatever language you speak.

Of course, some media spreads like wild fire for a different reason – maybe it’s uplifting, controversial or just downright weird.

Whatever the reason, with the ever growing population using social media, going viral is sure to continue being a big thing,.

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