Having kept a relatively low profile since leaving “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart made headlines again this week, delivering an impassioned plea for 9/11 first responders during an emotional congressional hearing.
Self-help guru Tony Robbins has apologized for critical comments he made about the #MeToo movement in a video that went viral.
‘American Idol’ is famous for its memorable auditions: whether they’re shockingly good (like Kelly Clarkson’s epic Madonna rendition) or shockingly bad (like William Hung’s performance of Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs”). Access looks back at the “Idol” auditions that went viral – for better or for worse!
Pipedream’s 12-foot King Cock, the world’s largest cock ever designed, has once again gone viral as it made its way to Ahoy, Rotterdam with Dutch star Bobbi Eden.
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Upon logging into Instagram and searching the “#LobbyChallenge” hashtag, you’ll find a plethora of clips of gangstas, hustlas, kids, video vixens, and grannies alike having fun, participating in the “Lobby Challenge” – a carefree dance with a grim undertone. The dance was created by the Against Da Grain Ent.’s trio properly known as 821 Boyz, the hottest prospects out of Queens, New York. With the original single already making waves, the 821 Boyz add Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi to the mix and he’s no stranger to turning up the dial whenever he drops a verse.
Before the video Lexy was in the news for her twerk exercise classes that attracted celebrities like; Mel B, Tameka “Tiny” Harris, Karrueche Tran, and Christina Milian. Lexy and Christina Milian also released an instructional twerking app called LexTwerkOut.
You already saw my Robots Read News comic about self-driving cars. This one got more attention than any other tweet I have done. Let’s see why.
1. It is a visual image. Pictures do better than text.
2. It uses three dimensions of humor: Cruel, clever, bizarre
3. No person or group is offended (so it is easy to retweet without fear)
4. Self-driving cars are a hot topic and sexy enough that folks want to be associated with it. Robots are extra-topical these days too. When you combine two headline trends, you usually get something funny.
5. The comic portrays all humans as dumb. That theme always performs well.
6. It is brief and has no sound, so it easy to consume. People can forward it without feeling they are asking much of the recipient.
7. It looks good on mobile devices.
8. It has no sexual or other problematic content, so people can forward it without professional risk.
There are other ways to go viral, but if you hit all of those eight points, you will probably get people’s attention. True viral activity doesn’t often happen because even professionals can’t generate viral content on demand. This comic idea popped into my head while I was thinking of something else and I wrote it down. I doubt I could have started from scratch to build a viral tweet and succeeded. But I did consciously make it conform to the eight points to increase its chances.
At Top Tech Blog, a breakthrough in super capacitors could change the world in a big way by replacing traditional batteries. We might be getting close with this.
My book is getting a lot of attention lately. It has been out long enough that people are reporting improvements in fitness, weight, careers, and life in general.
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Shoshana Roberts, the woman catcalled 100-plus times in an anti-street harassment vid that went viral, is now suing the director of that video. In case you missed it … Roberts was secretly recorded walking around NYC while men threw endless whistles…
You haven’t been able stand two minutes near a computer this year without being subjected to the “Watch Me Nae Nae” song. The viral dance hit (officially titled “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” has been the subject of many YouTube and Vine renditions but only the creator, Silento has the magic ingredient behind the record. At seventeen-years-young, the ATL native already has a gold-selling single and a label deal with Capital Records with nothing but potential ahead.
Now history has shown us that these sort of break-out hits don’t exactly lead to substantial careers but Silento insists that he’s not an one-hit wonder when we grilled him about the notion at the 2015 Bet Awards.
“Before [“Watch Me Nae Nae”], I was making other music; rapping and singing. That’s just the attention track,” a confident Silento tells Hip-Hop Wired. As fate would have it, his claim to fame started by playing around on social media.
“At first…I was having fun at school; just singing out of my mouth. And I recorded for fifteen seconds and put it on my Instagram,” Silento recalled. After getting several hundred comments, his next move could be considered a no-brainer.
“Then from there, I capitalized and made it a song,” he admitted.
Watch our interview with Silento below and buy “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” on iTunes. The recently released official video can be seen below.
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I recently engineered a Robots Read News comic for maximum viral potential, using what I have learned on that topic, and succeeded. It was my most popular tweet. Can I repeat that success with the same formula? That is not clear. But I will share what I learned about creating viral content for Twitter so you judge for yourself.
To achieve a viral outcome, each creator needs a different approach, because the messenger is part of the message. I could say something brilliant on the topic of automotive repair but because I do not match that message, it would go nowhere. So the message has to be compatible with the messenger. In my case that usually means sticking to comics and making observations about human nature.
On Twitter, the standard for success is the “retweet.” When people forward your content to their followers they are, in a sense, endorsing it. People will only endorse content that matches their brand ambitions.
I have learned through trial and error that folks will not retweet content that targets one person or group. The exceptions are activists, but generally their numbers are limited. For a strong viral effect you need content with nearly universal appeal. Hate tweets are divisive by nature.
Being “nice” is a challenge for a humorist because humor generally has a target. I can game the system by making the target “everyone” or “idiots” because none of that seems terribly personal, and everyone agrees that people can be dumb sometimes.
The content has to have a minimum level of quality, but it does not need to be amazing. In the case of humor, it has to make people laugh. But you need not be in the top 2% of hilarity to generate a viral response. You just need to be a safe, guaranteed, harmless laugh that people feel good about retweeting.
In the comic at the bottom of the post I combined three of the six dimensions of humor (mean, bizarre, and clever). A three-dimensional comic is generally a winner if executed with commercial-quality writing and timing.
Freshness matters. A lot of humorists and writers are covering the same topics. Finding a fresh topic is hard but necessary because people will not retweet content that feels stale. The trick is to come up with a topic that is on people’s minds but for whatever reason few people have discussed.
In the comic below I picked the topic of ancient construction mysteries. The History channel is running lots of shows about aliens and pyramids and whatnot. I figured the topic was likely to be on the minds of most channel-surfers, but because it is not headline news, it was a relatively fresh topic.
In order for content to go viral it needs to appeal to a big, general audience. But your Twitter following might be a narrow audience. To break out of the narrow audience to the full audience you want content that appeals to your narrow audience without offending your wider audience. Many of my readers have engineering mindsets, so a comic with a whimsical view of how the ancients did engineering was likely to click with my core followers without being too narrow for the general public.
If your company firewall is blocking the comic image here, you can view it on Twitter here.
In other news, soon you might be able to 3D print your own robot friend and give it a personality suited to your situation. That’s my interpretation of this technology anyway.
At the same time that humans are printing and programming robots, machines will be rewiring human minds (essentially programming humans) to solve all kinds of brain problems if this company is successful. The future is humans and robots programming EACH OTHER.
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@Dilbert_Daily (Dilbert-related tweets)
My book on success: “Best book I’ve read in years” – 5-star review on Amazon.com, Andrew Chowning.
A rep for McDonald’s has responded to an indie-rock band’s Facebook post claiming the fast-food giants asked them to play a South by Southwest showcase for free in exchange for exposure. Indie-pop duo Ex Cops wrote a scathing Facebook post Wednesday alleging that the McDonald’s invite said, “There isn’t a budget for…
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Born in 1979, I just barely qualify as old enough to have developed a world view according to which when something “goes viral” my first impulse is to wash my hands compulsively and avoid human contact. As it has with many things, the internet has rendered my world view obsolete. Going viral is now a good thing.
No one knows the value of going viral as well as advertisers and marketing firms, hence what’s come to be known as viral marketing. According to something I think I read on the internet, viral marketing involves the use of new media and social media in particular to increase brand awareness. Television and film marketers have proven particularly adept at using the internet, that ubiquitous yet entirely virtual entity, to break down the fourth wall. You can now follow characters from your favorite books on Twitter. You can visit web sites set up by fictitious characters from fictitious worlds that exist only in the movies.
This blurring of reality and fiction is all well and good and kind of fun as long as it remains on the other side of the screen. It’s when these tricks begin to play out in our own brick and mortar reality that I draw the line and say “hey, not cool.” Consider the “prankvertising” campaign for the movie Devil’s Due, where unsuspecting passersby, drawn to what appeared to be an abandoned stroller were rewarded for their concern with the scare of a lifetime, a lifelike demonic hellbaby jolting suddenly upright in the stroller, seething. Or how about those NYC commuters, already harried and late for work and wondering if it’s not time to just throw in the towel and move back to Iowa, suddenly besieged by zombies at Union Square because the creatives at AMC thought it would be a brilliant way to promote the next season of Walking Dead. For many this is all in good fun. But this is a high stress city and there are people with heart conditions.
My guess is these two examples are only the beginning, that this is all too much fun and too much novelty and that it will be a long time before marketers fall back on more traditional means of getting the message out. But how far can it go? If zombies and hellbabies are only the beginning what’s next? Here are some of my terrifying predictions.
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RadarOnline is reporting that superstar couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are under investigation by the Los Angeles Department of Children & Family Services after a photo of their 13-year-old daughter, Willow, lying in bed with a 20-year-old friend went viral online earlier this month.
“The investigation was formally opened last week and is being taken very seriously by the department. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have been extremely cooperative with officials. Of course, they aren’t happy that their parenting skills are under scrutiny, but they understand,” a source told the website, adding that social workers will be speaking to Willow separately, as well as former Disney star Moises Arias, who was pictured with her in the photo.
The Huffington Post has reached out to both Smith and Pinkett Smith’s reps for comment, but has yet to hear back at this time.
“Here’s the deal: There was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation. You guys are projecting your trash onto it and you’re acting like covert pedophiles, and that’s not cool.”
Will Smith has yet to make any comment regarding the photo, but viral photos seem to run in the family, as a photo of him helping a fan announce her pregnancy has exploded online.
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