Lady Gaga Continues 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' Campaign

November 30, 2010

Monday night, Lady Gaga posted a new video reinforcing her views on the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy:

The video has drawn over 250,000 views in just over 24 hours. A message that Gaga posted back in September that was meant to address the Senate has been viewed over 2.2 million times.

Meanwhile, YouTubers -- some of whom were Gaga-inspired -- have been uploading their own thoughts on the issue. Here's a playlist of reactions pulled together from the past 24 hours:

Around the World: Most Viewed Videos

We know what the US is watching, but here are some of the Most Viewed videos right now -- soccer highlights excluded -- from around the world:

A group of women attack men trying ride in the ladies' train compartment
Very popular ad from the ministry of health

The day a smile stopped Sao Paolo
Another clip from India, this time of an insurance ad.

What You Ate for Thanksgiving

November 29, 2010

Over the previous week, there was an expected surge in Thanksgiving dinner related searches on YouTube.

The most common food search on YouTube was for "turkey," and the food search terms with the largest spike over the holidays were "carving a turkey" followed by "frying a turkey" ("stuffing" was #6). Overall, the search term with the biggest spike last week was "Black Friday."

Here's the unsurprising search curve for "turkey" from last week:

When we looked at two of the most popular cooking and carving videos, we found that the largest group of logged in users to view them were men from the 45-54 age range. Chef John's Foodwishes, one of the most popular cooking channels in YouTube, drew nearly a million views last week, with over half of them coming from men.

The states where "turkey" was the most popular? Arizona and Missouri.

Big in Alabama...

It may not be much of a surprise, but the most shared videos today in the biggest cities in Alabama are tied to Auburn, which defeated in-state rivals the Crimson Tide in the Iron Bowl on Saturday and jumped the University of Oregon to reach the top slot in the BCS standings.

Of course, everyone in Alabama is certainly NOT an Auburn fan, and this take off on the recent scandal surrounding QB Cam Newton has also appeared in our charts.

Macy's Opera Video the First Viral Hit of the Holidays?

November 22, 2010

The video of the Opera Company of Philadelphia performing in a Macy's first hit the web in early November, yet with Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaching, "philadelphia macys" is still among the top spiking search terms this morning.

So far, it's been viewed over 4.2 million times and has consistently appeared among our Most Shared videos. The performance of "Hallelujah" was created for the Knight Foundation's "Random Acts of Culture" and.

Here's how this video has grown in popularity this month:

How Did Dale Peterson's Ad Become the Most-Viewed of the Midterm?

November 10, 2010

If you took a look at a chart for the most viewed campaign videos of this election season, you may or may not be surprised to see Alabama Agricultural and Industrial Commissioner candidate Dale Peterson at the #1 spot. Peterson's "We are Better than That!!!!!" ad has drawn 2.25 million views since it was posted on May 15th.

How did it make it to the top of the list? 1.12 million of those views, the vast majority, came during the first week the video was posted. It was picked up by -- where it was labeled "The greatest political ad ever?" -- AOL News, Gawker,, and The Huffington Post, among others.

Despite topping the list most viewed campaign videos, Peterson lost the Primary in June.

The video accumulated an additional 800,000 views after that, with a small spike on election day.