Monday, December 15, 2008

Behold! The Power of Viral Videos!

Wow ... that didn't take long. TechCrunch is reporting that within 12 hours of going "viral", the YouTube video of the Iraqi journalist throwing a shoe at George W. Bush had already been viewed more than 5.5 million times -- and could reach more views after a 48 hour time period than Obama's victory speech.

Just to add a couple more views to the pile, here's the video in case you haven't seen it:



Nice reflexes on the part of W, I might add.

While it's not exactly an example of viral marketing (no subliminal advertising going on here ... but now that I think about it, I do have the sudden urge to read a lot of Associated Press wire stories), it just shows the extreme power that an online video can have.

If you produce and/or upload something that catches on with a lot of people, there's no telling how big it could be. Of course, the biggest problem is figuring what exactly that special something is -- the Internet can be such a fickle mistress.