4 in the Afternoon: Cartoon Subway Sheep

March 31, 2011

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
Connie Talbot Sheep in the City 1986 NYC Subway Cartoon Songs
  1. 2007 "Britain's Got Talent" runner-up Connie Talbot, who's now 10, covers one of her favorite songs. As seen on Urlesque.
  2. Zynga brings the countryside to the big city in this viral spot for the game Farmville. As seen on Daily Wh.at.
  3. 25 years ago filmmaker captured a moment in the life of the NYC subway and now that clip has been posted to YouTube and has been seeing lots of interest. As seen on VVVs.
  4. A nostalgic medley of popular cartoon theme songs. As seen on BuzzFeed.

4 in the Morning: Plasticine America

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
Plasticine iPad 2 Gettin Down to Zeppelin Crying for America Scared Baby
  1. A lot of people have been waiting for an iPad 2. One art student in Russia decided to make one out of plasticine in this stop motion short. As seen on Gizmodo.
  2. An older (and potentially inebriated) fellow busts out his dance moves to Led Zeppelin. As seen on Videogum.
  3. 14-year-old Philadelphian Kory Shore delivers his anthem for the United States. As seen on Gawker.
  4. Jack latest film focuses on a specific segment of thepopulation. As seen on BuzzFeed.

Boom Boom Boom: 'Weehoo' Videos

March 30, 2011

Over the past week or two, you might have seen a version of this video floating around from Norwegian user CathyMay15:



Catherine's Outhere Boys cover quickly spread across pop culture blogs and social media in March becoming a hit in places nearby and far away from Trondheim, Norway. Today, three of her videos are among the Most Shared in Sweden.

Meanwhile, a trend of parodies appeared on YouTube of other users doing their best Catherine impression -- some are more disturbingly convincing than others -- but perhaps the best reactions are from CathyMay15 fans that are just following instructions. Here are seven different examples:



(Use the arrows to navigate between videos or watch them all here.)

4 in the Afternoon: Bird Touch

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
Libya via Angry Birds Skittles Touch Punch-Out KHS BTW
  1. One animator uses the popular mobile game Angry Birds to tell the story of Libya and the recent developments in Northern Africa. As seen on MemeMachine.
  2. Today's viral ad of the day and one of our top Trending videos is this spot from Skittles. (Follow the instructions.)
  3. A short film exploring exactly what happened to the boxers from NES classic "Punch-Out." As seen on High Definite.
  4. The latest Lady Gaga cover to hit our Most Shared list is from popular YouTube singer Kurt Hugo Schneider.

4 in the Morning: Baby Monster Prom

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
How to Ask Someone to Prom Twins Holding a Conversation Tucker to the Dunk Contest Monster Truck Backflip
  1. Teenage boys: here's a novel approach to asking out a date for prom. As seen on VVVs and one of our Trending videos.
  2. Footage of these twin babies having completely incomprehensible watercooler talk was posted in February but became incredibly popular over the past 24 hours and is being heavily shared. As seen on High Definite.
  3. We first featured 5'10" Jacob Tucker and his dunk highlight reel back when it was first trending. Now the DIII athlete is drawing attention again as he was awarded a spot in Thursday's NCAA dunk contest. As seen on The Dagger.
  4. Pulling off a rare stunt, driver Ryan Anderson nails a backflip in Las Vegas. As seen on Best of YT.

"Words Do Hurt"

March 29, 2011

Anti-bullying campaigns pushed off in full force last fall with the It Gets Better project created by Dan Savage. That campaign, which began modestly, resulted in hundreds of encouragement videos from celebrities, politicians, and everyday people (including googlers) who wanted to share stories and words of encouragement. Eventually the President of the United States even contributed one.

(View our "It Gets Better" timeline here.)

We've continued to see anti-bullying videos appear on YouTube since -- there are still hundreds of "bullying" vlogs and "It Gets Better" videos posted each week -- and in the last month, the conversation around teen bullying has once again spiked. Sometimes the most powerful responses are the ones put up by those who are subjected to that sort of treatment. This one has just drawn national media attention:



Alye's simple message -- "Words are powerful" --- has generated video responses and hundreds of comments.

We took those comments and created a graphic to get a general idea of what "words" had been used by those responding to her video:


Click to enlarge. Image created at Wordle.net

4 in the Afternoon: Cudi Tap Box

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
The Music Box Chevelle Loves Kid Cudi Regulate Celebrity Tap
  1. A popular new short film incorporating music, dance, and some cool sound editing. As seen on Daily Wh.at.
  2. Here's another popular clip of a little kid loving some music you wouldn't expect them to like. A classic reaction in this one. As seen on VVVs.
  3. A group of musicians pay tribute to recently deceased rapper Nate Dogg with this toy instrument performance of his most famous song. As seen on Urlesque.
  4. UNICEF's Tap Project spot featuring Selena Gomez is one of the day's Most Shared videos.

Around the World: Fun and Surprises

We know what the U.S. is watching, but here are some of the Most Viewed and Most Shared videos right now in different countries around the world:

RUSSIA:
No need to wait for spring to go sailing
SAUDI ARABIA:
A nostalgic music video

AUSTRALIA:
Flying machine juggling
CZECH REP:
Exploding tire


See more of what's popular in different locations nationally and around the world with our Trends Dashboard.

4 in the Morning: Calm Sandstorm

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
How to Calm a Baby Friday - Orchestra Version Sandstorm in Kuwait Where Is My Mind
  1. For those who enjoyed the popular "Baby Bob Marley" video comes pretty opposite footage from a tiny heavy metal fan. As seen on VVVs.
  2. As we've pointed out, there are more Rebecca Black covers than can be counted, but some variations are more unique than others. As seen on BuzzFeed.
  3. One of the Most Viewed clips in Saudi Arabia has been this footage of an incredible sandstorm that swept through Kuwait on Friday.
  4. One of our latest Trending videos is this beatbox-acoustic Pixies cover by Nottingham YouTube musician THePETEBOX.

Big in Richmond: The Most Excited Fans in America?

March 28, 2011

Before the start of the NCAA tournament, the chances of the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams making the Final Four were about 820 to 1. After an unlikely victory Sunday, the 11-seeded team did just that, and the excitement was not exactly lost on their fans back home.

We looked at the Most Shared videos today in Richmond, VA for a glimpse at the scene following the local team's defying-the-odds success against powerhouse Kansas. Here are four of the many many clips that have been posted in the past 24 hours:




The VCU athletics department has also posted some behind-the-scenes clips.

See more of what's popular in different locations nationally and around the world with our Trends Dashboard.

4 in the Afternoon: Toothpick Rhythm

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
Objective Rhythm 2747 Toothpicks in My Beard O.M.G. Game Deaths
  1. This unique stop-motion "animation" and music video, from a filmmaker in the UK, was one of our top Trending clips over the weekend.
  2. There is a "beard toothpick challenge" happening, apparently, and here is your champion. As seen on Reddit.
  3. 12-year-old Jenna Rose has a new controversial video. Her "My Jeans" video took off in the wake of Rebecca Black's "Friday" and has been seen 2.3 million times. As seen on Daily Wh.at.
  4. Another video that drew a lot of views over the weekend was this montage of 8-Bit deaths, set to a lo-fi version of "Mad World," from BoingBoing.

Footage from the Scene: London Protests Turn Destructive

Anti-spending cuts protests, which are said to have been attended by up to 500,000 people, went from peaceful to destructive Saturday in London after the demonstrations were reportedly hijacked by "violent anarchists." Many attendees and bystanders uploaded hundreds of on-the-scene accounts depicting both sides to the day's events. A sample of that footage is available in the playlist below:



(Use the arrows to navigate between videos or watch them all here.)

Related: In another form of protest, a UK rapper has targeted Britain's Health Secretary with a viral rap video that's drawing a lot of buzz. It's currently one of the Most Viewed videos on the country. Here's some backstory.

4 in the Morning: Angry-Simmons-Da

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
Richard Simmons Safety Demo Tsunami in Kesennuma Live-Action Angry Birds Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
  1. Air New Zealand released a unique spot/safety demonstration featuring Richard Simmons that's drawing some attention. As seen on Mashable.
  2. Compelling new video from the Japanese tsunami appeared on our Most Shared list this weekend. This footage is said to have been shot in the town of Kesennuma.
  3. One of the weekend's Most Shared and top Trending videos is this action-movie parody for the hugely popular mobile game Angry Birds.
  4. This Trending video was created backstage by musicians at the 2011 Rock & Worship Roadshow.

4 in the Afternoon: BigFootball Moves

March 25, 2011

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
Zidane Moves Born This Way (Country) Balancing a Ball Bigfoot?
  1. One of today's Most Viewed videos is this footage of Zinedine Zidane pulling some moves on a young goalkeeper at a recent Adidas event.
  2. Lady Gaga tweeted this alternate, country version of her hit single, "Born this Way" and it's quickly drawing views. As seen on PopEater.
  3. This clip of a hard-to-believe pet trick was posted in 2007, but is just now drawing views. As seen on BuzzFeed.
  4. This top Trending Video, which purports to show a very blurry "Big-Foot Knobby" walking across the road, has picked up over a million views, but also over a thousand dislikes. Here's video of the bystander's subsequent conversation.

Syria Protests: Dramatic Footage from the Street

4 in the Morning: Tornado Birthdays

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
Tornado Kid Happy Birthday Didi The Brockness Jake Teaches Calc 2
  1. This young man's reaction to a Pennsylvania tornado spread quickly Thursday afternoon. (According to the followup video, everything seems to have turned out OK.) As seen on Daily Wh.at.
  2. Not everyone likes the "Happy Birthday" song. As seen on BuzzFeed.
  3. Now the pros are getting in on it. The latest trick-shot video to hit our Trending videos list comes from Milwaukee Bucks power forward Jon Brockman.
  4. This clip of 12-year-old Jake explaining some Calculus 2 on a window pane is being shared around today. USA Today has some backstory. on the prodigy.

4 in the Afternoon: Billie Duke Obama

March 24, 2011

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
Rocky Sings For Billie Important Duke Nukem Message Perfect Reflection? Obama Locked Out
  1. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong tweeted this video of him and his dog performing "Last Night on Earth" and now it's among our Most Shared clips.
  2. Gearbox Software is getting some attention for their tongue-in-cheek message announcing that the highly anticipated Duke Nukem Forever game is getting delayed. The clip is being heavily shared today.
  3. This video, which appears to show a near perfect reflection of a mountain scene, was posted all the way back in 2009, but is just now drawing a bunch of attention. As seen on BuzzFeed. (Wait for it.)
  4. A couple versions of this pool footage are floating around today. They seem to show the President locked out of the White House upon returning from South America.

What Will the Biggest March Trend Be?

Rebecca Black's "Friday" video has been dominating the pop-culture conversation over the past week, having drawn over 40 million views in roughly 10 days and inspiring hundreds of parodies and covers. But March has been a month of some major global and national trends, so we looked into the data to discover which were the largest.

Three big events drew lots of search interest in the United States this month. The top three rising U.S. searches on YouTube of the last 30 days were for Charlie Sheen, the Japanese tsunami, and Ms. Black. Below we've graphed relative searches for "friday," "sheen," and "japan" for the past month or so in the United States. And we've added "oscars" as a point of comparison.


The spike that we saw around the earthquake and tsunami in Japan was the highest overall of the group, though "Friday" also saw a huge spike last week. "Sheen" did not spike as high, but ballooned over a longer stretch. "Oscars," which is a pretty major event, is somewhat dwarfed by the others.

When you open up the searches to include international (but English-language) terms, the disparity between "japan" and "friday" spikes is greater.

Even if it was a mostly American phenomenon, just how big is/was the Rebecca Black craze?

As far as pop-stars go, "Friday" has drawn more views since March 11 -- the day the video first took off -- than all of Lady Gaga's videos combined over the same time period. While she didn't top Justin Bieber during that time-frame, she was close. And she did draw more views than Rihanna and Eminem, both of whom recently joined the one billion view club.

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4 in the Morning: Syria, PSA, Android

Twice each day we scan our YouTube metrics as well as websites on the cutting edge of internet culture to discover the most buzzed about videos.
Demonstrations in Syria Push the Button Pokemon PSA Spastic Android
  1. Dramatic footage is continuing to come in from Syria where protests are taking place and tensions have been rising since Friday. This funeral procession is said to have been filmed on Tuesday. Video is being collected at CitizenTube.
  2. This unique viral stunt/ad from Paris is gaining popularity outside France. As seen on Daily Wh.at.
  3. A Pokemon PSA from the same team that drew lots of attention -- and over 6 million views -- with a live-action fan-trailer in 2010. As seen on High Definite.
  4. Among our Most Shared videos is this clip of a dancin'-machine Android mascot said to have been captured in Taiwan.
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