Steve Irwin Makes YouTube’s Most Viewed List
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.
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.