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Why videos go viral

So we’re going to talk a little bit today about how videos go viral and then why that even matters. We all want to be stars — celebrities, singers, comedians — and when I was younger, that seemed so very, very hard to do. But now Web video has made it so that any of us or any of the creative things that we do can become completely famous in a part of our world’s culture.

Kevin Allocca is YouTube’s trends manager, and he has deep thoughts about silly web video. In this talk from TEDYouth, he shares the 4 reasons a video goes viral.


1. Tastemakers,

2. Communities of participation

3. Unexpectedness.

4. Context of the video coupled with social media shares of relative content.

In a world where over two days of video get uploaded every minute, only that which is truly unique and unexpected can stand out in the way that these things have. What does it mean?

[ad id=”146473″]Tastemakers, creative participating communities, complete unexpectedness, these are characteristics of a new kind of media and a new kind of culture where anyone has access and the audience defines the popularity. I mean, as mentioned earlier, one of the biggest stars in the world right now, Justin Bieber, got his start on YouTube. No one has to green-light your idea. And we all now feel some ownership in our own pop culture. And these are not characteristics of old media, and they’re barely true of the media of today, but they will define the entertainment of the future.

By Godfrey Omanga

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