Tag Archives: meme

The Science Behind Why Things Go Viral

Scientists for the first time have created a mathematical model for how memes spread across social media. The international team constructed the model based on how epidemics spread; its not a coincidence that things are said to go “viral.”

The main finding is that something goes viral thanks to the initial combined effect of many people. Most individuals wont share it straight away, so they form a barrier thatneeds to be overcome. Once the barrier has been breached, if friends start sharing a story for example, then it explodes, spreading exponentially.

We often witness social phenomena that become accepted by many people overnight, especially now in the age of social media, Dr. Francisco Perez-Reche, co-author of the paper, said in a statement.

This is especially relevant to social contexts in which individuals initially hesitate to join a collective movement, for examplea strike, because they fear becoming part of a minority that could be punished.But it also applies to new ideas or products.

The quick spread of ideas might seem like a recent phenomenon, but the Internet has simply made the transmission more evident. The word meme itself was coined by biologist Richard Dawkins in 1976, long before the first cat was shared over the web.

The researchers showed that the most important factors are the intrinsic value of the idea and the adoption by trustworthy virtual neighbors. This could explain why marketing campaigns engineered to go viral tend to backfire spectacularly.

In very basic terms our model shows that peoples opposition to accepting a new idea acts as a barrier to large contagion, until the transmission of the phenomenon becomes strong enough to overcome that reluctance at this point, explosive contagion happens, he added.

The research, which is published inNature Scientific Reports, connects what happens at a very local level to the general spread. This model could be used to better address social issues and even for better advertising strategies.

Our conclusions rely on numerical simulations and analytical calculations for a variety of contagion models, and we anticipate that the new understanding provided by our study will have important implications in real social scenarios, he explained.

For instance, it could lead to better strategies to minimize the risk of sudden and often unexpected epidemics of undesired social behavior.Similarly, it will suggest methods to engineer explosive diffusion of innovative products and ideas.”

Read more: http://www.iflscience.com/editors-blog/first-mathematical-model-how-things-go-viral

An Engineer’s Guide To Cats 2.0

An Engineer’s Guide to Cats 2.0

Way back in 2008, YouTuber Klusmanp posted An Engineer’s Guide To Cats. The video quickly became an Internet classic, and now stands with over 6.5 million views.

Now, over five years later, he has returned with an unexpected sequel. 

An Engineer’s Guide to Cats 2.0 begins in a similar fashion as the original as a tribute, and further discusses cats from an engineer’s nerdy perspective.  


Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/12/20/an-engineers-guide-to-cats-2-0/

Nyan Cat VS Grumpy Cat Animeme Rap Battle

Animeme and Official Comedy published the hilarious Forever Alone VS Overly Attached Girlfriend Rap Battle at the start of the month, quickly garnering over 300,000 views

But the same day, they also published a second rap battle, pinning the meme-popular Nyan Cat up against the overly-blue Grumpy Cat. 

The latest feline-meme rap battle is trending more than ever, and now stands with over 750,000 hits


Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/07/10/nyan-cat-vs-grumpy-cat-animeme-rap-battle/

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever TV Movie Trailer

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever TV Movie Trailer

Grumpy Cat is of course the burned out Internet meme of a cat that always looks grumpy and cranky. Like all memes, it was entertaining for a whole fifteen seconds. But now the meme has been put to rest like all other stupid Internet fads. Or not! 

For some reason, executives at Lifetime thought it would be a good idea to make an actual made-for-TV movie starring Grump Cat. The only semi-redeeming factor is that Grumpy is voiced by Parks And Rec famous Aubrey Plaza. Only time will tell if that will be enough for the movie to not be completely awful. 


Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/11/02/grumpy-cats-worst-christmas-ever-tv-movie-trailer/

YouTube Complaints 2014

YouTube Complaints 2014

Everyone loves watching their favorite music videos, spoofs, and cat videos on YouTube. But there’s also plenty to complain about on the world’s most popular video streaming site. Thankfully, Barely Political has held their popular YouTube complaints for the third year for the community to air their grievances . 


Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/06/27/youtube-complaints-2014/

Grumpy Cat Meets Grumpy At Disney

Grumpy Cat Meets Grumpy At Disney

Disney obviously understands how things work here on the Internet.

To promote their popular theme parks, they invited a slew of YouTube stars over to share their magic, including a cappella master Mike Tompkins, comedian Mark Malkoff, and more! 

Their most popular video so far features the web’s favorite melancholy pet, Grumpy Cat, who naturally was introduced to Disney’s depressed dwarf, Grumpy.

It’s a match made in heaven. 


Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/11/06/grumpy-cat-meets-grumpy-at-disney/

Mass Harlem Shake At Times Square

By now, you, your cat, and your grandma have seen more than a life time supply of Harlem Shake dance videos. But there’s always a few creative stragglers at the end of the life of a meme that truly stick out from the crowd.

CBC set up in advance for countless New Yorkers to converge on Times Square at the same time for an ultimate flash mob Harlem Shake dance

It’s one of the craziest Harlem Shakes we at ViralViralVideos have seen. If you look closely, you can see a few NYPD officers even make a special appearance as they try to shut the event down. Good thing MarkT Films made sure to document the entire event


Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/02/15/mass-harlem-shake-at-times-square/

Simon’s Cat Creator Draws His Life

Simon’s Cat Creator Draws His Life

Like so many popular YouTube channels, Simon’s Cat began as an accident after someone uploaded Simon’s first digital animation to YouTube, and the clip went viral. 

As so many other prominent YouTubers have taken part in the Draw My Life meme, Simon has stepped forward to explain the origins of his art and how Simon’s Cat became such a famous cartoon today. 


Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2013/11/13/simons-cat-creator-draws-his-life/

50 Viral Cat Videos In 4 Minutes

50 Viral Cat Videos In 4 Minutes

Since the dawn of YouTube, the Internet has been obsessed with cats. There have been so many viral cat videos since, it’s literally impossible to count. But The Fine Brothers wanted to give it a try, so they cover what they believe to be the Web’s top 50 cat viral videos with Grace Helbig in this new video


Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2014/07/09/50-viral-cat-videos-in-4-minutes/