Steve Irwin Makes YouTube’s Most Viewed List

September 5, 2006 at 12:26 am 33 comments

YouTube's logo YouTube’s vast audience started posting tribute and news related videos within a couple hours of the tragic death of Steve Irwin being announced. Less then 24 hours after his death videos related to Irwin have become one of the most viewed, top rated, most discussed and most linked videos in YouTube’s collection.

With more than 100 million videos viewed every day, an estimated 65,000 new videos uploaded daily and being estimated as the 17th most trafficked Web site in the World, YouTube is fast becoming one of the leading destination for video media on the Internet. Irwin’s love of animals, the environment and charismatic personality won him fans from around the World. The tragic story reaching the most popular video lists on YouTube in less then 24 hours after the announcement is an excellent representation of how much the World loved and appreciated Irwin’s work.

Media reports say Irwin was diving in waters off Port Douglas, north of Cairns, when the incident happened on Monday morning. Irwin, 44 was killed by a stingray barb that went through his chest, according to Cairns police sources. Irwin was filming an underwater documentary at the time and is survived by his American-born wife Terri and their two children, Bindi Sue, born 1998, and Robert (Bob), born December 2003.

A striingray swims at the Audubon Aquarium in New Orleans

YouTube (funded by Sequoia Capital) has an impressive global reach for distributing video content and information. With such a quick and powerful delivery platform for sharing information it makes one wonder if YouTube (and other similar sites such as Google Video) shouldn’t consider purposely posting video information helpful to Code Amber, the FBI‘s most want list, the Department of Homeland Security or other organizations in need of massive exposure to help support their efforts.

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  • 1. mikeinmanila  |  September 7, 2006 at 10:21 am

    I posted a few of the good ones on my blog – I met steve once he had the personality you see on TV in person which is so rare for a celeb.
    Mike

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  • 2. sabrina  |  September 7, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    saracu…:(

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  • 3. raincoaster  |  September 7, 2006 at 8:01 pm

    I knew it would happen as soon as I heard the news. I sat there waiting while they created and uploaded their videos. Australian reports say that Irwin wanted his death broadcast as well, so we can expect to see that eventually, once the police release the tapes.

    Quote: “Even if a big old alligator is chewing me up I want to go down and go, ‘Crikey!’ just before I die. That would be the ultimate for me.”

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  • 4. 96tfowler  |  September 8, 2006 at 4:44 am

    steve irwin was my lover and i like him
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  • 5. ajcann  |  September 8, 2006 at 12:01 pm

    I liked his programs, but I wouldn’t behave the way he did with dangerous animals if I had small children – they are the ones I feel sorry for. Was he irresponsible to act like that with a young family?

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  • 6. linpen  |  September 8, 2006 at 12:31 pm

    Steve Irwin was interesting to watch and did a lot of good. He loved his children and as with any job, there is no guarantee you will come home safe. He loved what he did and enjoyed life. We should all be lucky enough to do that!!!!!

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  • 7. gandy  |  September 8, 2006 at 1:17 pm

    he behaved insanely irresponsibly towards his family. i don’t care if he was insured for millions of dollars. money does not replace a dead parent. personally, i always found him to be a man with a deathwish not unlike timothy treadwell of herzog’s ‘grizzly man’.

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  • 8. Steve Irwin « ~continue to fall in love with Him~  |  September 8, 2006 at 11:56 pm

    […] WordPress’s hot post no. 1: Steve Irwin makes YouTube’s most viewed list […]

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  • 9. Lonelygirl15 is fake: Tops YouTube Ranking « TechAddress  |  September 9, 2006 at 11:22 am

    […] Earlier this week we reported how Steve Irwin quickly made YouTube’s most viewed list. On some levels it was impressive how YouTube’s vast audience started posting tribute and news related videos within a couple hours after the announcement of his tragic death. Less then 24 hours after his death videos related to Irwin became some of the most viewed, top rated, most discussed and most linked videos in YouTube’s collection. Even TechAddress’ post, “Steve Irwin Makes YouTube’s Most Viewed List” quickly rose to WordPress’ Top post list after reporting the YouTube fact. With more than 100 million videos viewed every day, an estimated 65,000 new videos uploaded daily and being estimated as the 17th most trafficked Web site on the Internet, the most viewed content on YouTube (and the Internet for that matter) can dramatically change in a flash. However, later in the week, the lonelygirl15 YouTube mystery was uncovered when a couple amateur sleuths came forward with apparent links between the Creative Artists Agency and the official lonelygirl15 MySpace page.  The mystery involved Lonelygirl15 appearing to be an innocent on her videos (28 videos released since June 2006), home-schooled 16-year-old, pouring her heart out for her video camera in the privacy of her bedroom. The videos become extremely popular received millions of views. […]

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  • 10. The World Deserves Another Blog « Everything’s Text.  |  September 9, 2006 at 6:14 pm

    […] The Techaddress blog caught my attention today. “Earlier this week we reported how Steve Irwin quickly made YouTube’s most viewed list. On some levels it was impressive how YouTube’s vast audience started posting tribute and news related videos within a couple hours after the announcement of his tragic death. Less then 24 hours after his death videos related to Irwin became some of the most viewed, top rated, most discussed and most linked videos in YouTube’s collection. Even TechAddress’ post, “Steve Irwin Makes YouTube’s Most Viewed List” quickly rose to WordPress’ Top post list after reporting the YouTube fact. With more than 100 million videos viewed every day, an estimated 65,000 new videos uploaded daily and being estimated as the 17th most trafficked Web site on the Internet, the most viewed content on YouTube (and the Internet for that matter) can dramatically change in a flash.” […]

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  • 11. yntjr  |  September 9, 2006 at 7:04 pm

    watch my tribute to steve, best on you tube

    search: yntjr

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  • 12. Fahad  |  September 10, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    Steve’s TV show had become my favourite. He was very interesting and looked like a very good person. But I think he should have been more careful near wild animals.

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  • 13. astroshiva  |  September 15, 2006 at 4:01 pm

    I dont know much about Steve. But all I can say is he was a great adventurer of our time.

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  • 14. dr manhattan  |  September 15, 2006 at 11:47 pm

    Very early on the 6th of september (european, stockholm time) I noticed that 8 of the top 20 and 20 of top 40 of the days most watched were Steve Irwin (I bookmarked some of them at that time). In the world of YouTube, I don’t think it has ever happened that one subject or person has dominated most watched that much.

    This guy was beloved. He was a goof, but he was a damned kind, funny, charming and fine goof. And he managed to produce a decent tv show as well, which is much more than Ive ever done in my life

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  • 15. dr manhattan  |  September 15, 2006 at 11:48 pm

    Correction: “8 of the top 20 and 20 of top 40 of the days most watched were Steve Irwin”

    I mean to say “Steve Irwin related”.

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  • 16. paleshadow  |  September 16, 2006 at 11:08 am

    Quote by 3. raincoaster | September 7th, 2006 at 8:01 pm “Australian reports say that Irwin wanted his death broadcast as well, so we can expect to see that eventually, once the police release the tapes.”

    This is not true! I am Australian and I’ve been watching every news report sice I saw the very first news report not two hours after he died. He did NOT want people to see him die! He loved the limelight, but not to the point of wanting people to see his death! His family even turned down the offer of a state funeral because “It’s not what he would have wanted. He was not that type of man”

    He was buried on Saturday (AUS time) at Australia Zoo in a very private funeral that not even the press knew of until late in the afternoon after the funeral because his family was leaving the zoo.

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  • 17. paleshadow  |  September 16, 2006 at 11:36 am

    Quote by 7. gandy | September 8th, 2006 at 1:17 pm “he behaved insanely irresponsibly towards his family. i don’t care if he was insured for millions of dollars. money does not replace a dead parent. personally, i always found him to be a man with a deathwish not unlike timothy treadwell of herzog’s ‘grizzly man’. ”

    “Man With a Deathwish”? How dare you bash Steve’s memory like that!

    He did NOT have a deathwish. He lived for his family and died for his family. I guess you lot in america don’t get the WHOLE story broadcast hey? The ONLY reason he was with that stingray in the first place was because he was filming pieces for his daughter Bindi’s new TV show.
    And he is a PROFESSIONAL! He wrestled crocs and snakes and the like because it’s his job and he loved it. Just because he does it does not mean he wanted to die!

    This is a excerpt from an interview he did not long ago:

    Q. “Has having kids made you take fewer risks?”
    A. “When Bindi was born I would have liked to think so but actually, no, nothing’s really changed. I have more of a grip on my own motality now and that was hammered home, that was magnified even more, when I lost my mum. Oh my God, crikey, I don’t want my daughter to grow up without a dad… that’d be a sad thing. And my mum and dad created who I am and I know she’ll be just fine but that’d be like, awful. But, you know, nothing’s changed”

    You see? The LAST thing Steve EVER would have wanted was to die and leave his family without him. So do some reseach before you say stupid offencive things about someone that you know absolutely NOTHING about!

    “deathwish” ? Don’t say ‘opinions’ that aren’t needed or wanted, either! Especially about someone who is this internationaly loved!

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  • 18. dmatriz  |  September 16, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    I love his corage & vitalism
    May his soul rest in peace
    God Bless his Family!

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  • 19. Crickey! « UW-Milwaukee Film Digital Distribution  |  September 17, 2006 at 2:26 pm

    […] Who says death has the be the death of your career? Steve Irvin, aka The Crocodile Hunter, is getting a second life on YouTube. An article on TechAddress ends with an interesting use for YouTube and other online video outlets, but would it ever work? […]

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  • 20. schoolkid  |  September 18, 2006 at 9:47 am

    i hope that if steve saw how much mourning the world was in i think he wold be stunned i am

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  • 21. Anthony King  |  September 19, 2006 at 6:45 am

    Posting Homeland Security videos…honestly, is there no place that the government can’t indoctranate us. I do not want anything to do with there propaganda, fear and negativity.

    The great thing about you tube is that you can identify the video’s validity straight away and if it’s a “fake”, like all of Steve Erwin vids.

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  • 22. Steve Irwin did (not?) want his death televised « Sweet!  |  September 19, 2006 at 7:11 pm

    […] According to a comment posted on “TechAddress” by a fellow in Australia, Steve Irwin did _not_ want his death televised. After a bit of review I found that he did indeed state that the camera should keep rolling and that his death on film would “…be the ultimate for me”. [wikipedia] My number one rule is to keep that camera rolling. Even if it’s shaky or slightly out of focus, I don’t give a rip. Even if a big old alligator is chewing me up I want to go down and go, ‘Crikey!’ just before I die. That would be the ultimate for me. […]

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  • 23. Chris  |  September 19, 2006 at 10:38 pm

    RE: ajcann

    Most likely ajcann and gandy are total candy ass’s who are afriad of their own shadow while you tote your idiot hippy dogma on your t-shirt. Steve has done more for enviormentalism than anyone since Henry David Thoreau. Yea, he’s an author – you should educate yourself before you expound your softy (nickname for a cat here) viewpoint to a bunch of people who are memorializing the things steve did for this planet.

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  • 24. Chris  |  September 19, 2006 at 10:39 pm

    RE: ajcann

    Most likely ajcann and gandy are total candy ass’s who are afriad of their own shadow while, at the same time, they tote their idiot hippy dogma on a tye dyed t-shirt. Steve has done more for enviormentalism than anyone since Henry David Thoreau. Yea, he’s an author – you should educate yourself before you expound your softy (nickname for a cat here) viewpoint to a bunch of people who are memorializing the things steve did for this planet.

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  • 25. ajcann  |  September 21, 2006 at 1:11 pm

    Chris, I sense a lot of anger in you 🙂 Twice 🙂 🙂
    Chill out, “dude”.

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  • 26. Nicole Steinmetz  |  September 22, 2006 at 8:39 pm

    Steve was great that he made tv show for we could learn about crocs and other great animals I real learn lot about crocs reilze that they real good get learn about crocs. I was someone that like you save animals that needed help steve love wildlife so doesn’t his wife I glad that he help animals thank you for help the animals thak to everyone that will still help animals. I pray for steve wife and childern and his all his family and friends. Thank you still have his old shows on. What steve did he help somepeople real crocs will not hurt as long don’t get to close to them and leave them alone. Steve help because I want help animals special crocs and other animals I love wildlife Steve has help the world real that animals need be save from people try hurt them. Thank you steve for help the anmials he was great man because he help all animals thak you to all of his family and friends. I hop you still help animals that need your help. From Nicole steinmetz Baraboo , WI Thank you …….

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  • 27. Nicole Steinmetz  |  September 22, 2006 at 8:46 pm

    Steve was my hero because he save the wildlife I was glad when I frist saw his show I knew he was go help animals how he could. I did no that his wife want help animals to I was glad start show that would help people understand that crocs are not out hurt they just do not want you in there home. Thank you…

    nicole steinmetz from Baraboo,WI

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  • 28. raincoaster  |  October 18, 2006 at 2:49 am

    See, I TOLD you he said he’d want it on film. That was a direct quote I gave you. Thanks for the backup, notronwest.

    But even if he did want it filmed, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’d want it broadcast, and even if he DID want it broadcast, that doesn’t compel his family to do it. I’m sure his family overruled him sometimes in life, because that’s life, and they have just as much right to consider and override his wishes now. He was just ONE member of their family.

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  • 29. Bangus Young  |  October 18, 2006 at 2:06 pm

    Thank God for Steve Irwin !!!
    Also… Thank God for Bindi carrying on her fathers legacy.

    I still get choked up watching her speach about her dad on TV. Matter of fact, I saw it again this morning and I just cried. I have a 7 year old daughter and she means everything to me. I would just hope that if something ever happens to me, my daughter would be just as proud as Bindi was of Steve. She is a beautiful and strong little girl. Let’s all show some support for Bindi!

    God Bless,

    Bangus Young

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  • 30. xanax  |  March 1, 2007 at 6:30 am

    xanax

    news

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  • 31. Lonelygirl15 is fake: Tops YouTube Ranking»TechAddress  |  March 2, 2007 at 1:02 am

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  • 32. Liam  |  May 8, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    I was Only 5 or 4 Years old when I’d Watch Steve Go out and hunt a croc

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  • 33. sakib  |  June 14, 2007 at 3:56 pm

    A gr8 man was died. Never seen stuff like his was

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