Today’s post is about another overnight sensation. We wrote about Antoine Dodson who went from being a ”victim” in a rape case, to being world famous due to autotune. YouTube is increasingly becoming a place where people can get famous within a few days, and this is exactly what happened to Ted Williams. On the 4th of January a video clip was uploaded to YouTube featuring a homeless guy who was standing at a freeway exit holding an unusual sign saying that he has “The God given gift of a great voice” – and this was 100% correct. The video clip got more than 13.000.000 views in less than 48 hours!
From this point on everything went very fast for Ted. He was contacted by various radio stations, and rumours are circulating that he might end up as an announcer on a stadium. The really sensational part of the story is that all this happened in less than 72 hours.
Ted’s dream is now to get a job and a home – perhaps, in these difficult financial times, the idea of the American Dream isn’t dead at all?
We are continuing our ”best of 2010” in the start of 2011 with this nice little recap of the biggest viral videos of 2010. The setting is a typical school play with the stressed but enthusiastic teacher trying to get the children to deliver a Broadway performance.
It’s the time of the year where everything that happened in the past 365 days is to be summed up. In the near future you will see top 10 lists and montages of the big moments of 2010 – both good and bad. Two of the biggest online sites, Google and YouTube, have separately created their cavalcades of 2010 moments.
We’ll start with Google. Google, the largest online search engine, is probably the company with the most information about what we consumers seek information about and what we are interested in. Based on this valuable knowledge, here are the biggest moments on Google in 2010.
Moving on to YouTube, the biggest online video site (without any real competition for the number one spot), has created a list of the 10 most popular videos. And yes, our friends Antoine Dodson and Old Spice Man are on the list.
We have several times praised YouTube for being a canvas for creative contributors. This very “freedom of speech” approach can in some cases create the so-called YouTube Sensations. A serious news report telling the story of a failed rape attempt featured Antoine Dodson – a brother to the victim. He told the reporter how he scared off the rapist and expressed – in his own way – his anger. In less than 24 hours several clips of Antoine was uploaded on YouTube, featuring Antoine remixed and with autotune. The different clips quickly reached a high number of views and the following days a Facebook fan page was created. It is now possible to order t-shits with Antoine.
Now the ethical question remains: is it okay for people to upload funny homemade clips joking about a serious case? Is it okay to sell t-shirts with Antoine? We won’t discuss the case here. What we find interesting is how fast a person/clip/case can be spread throughout the internet and become viral. This case also displays the “power” of YouTube in terms of how fast a clip can be spread and become visible to everyone. Your Weekly Buzz is sure that this will not be the last YouTube Sensation of this type you will see!
The original clip: