Lonelygirl15 is fake: Tops YouTube Ranking
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.
Within hours after the story was broke lonelygirl15’s website started to get flooded with visitors, lonelygirl15 topped Technorati’s (leading blog search engine) most popular search term list (replacing other popular terms such as Steve Irwin, Path to 9/11 and Facebook) and lonelygirl15’s videos on YouTube now hold several impressive ranking titles within the YouTube community, which were announced by the scammers themselves on their YouTube profile and included: #2 – Most Viewed Channels (This Week), #1 – Most Viewed Channels (This Month), #7 – Most Viewed Channels (All Time) and #2 – Most Subscribed Channels (All Time).
The Internet and Web 2.0 is a fast paced, quick changing environment that keeps you on your toes. Less then one week after Steve’s Irwin’s death made YouTube’s most viewed list, videos about him are still on the list, sometimes 4 out of the top 20 most viewed videos are about him, but unfortunately they are not parodies and jokes. There’s even a video on the most viewed list that discusses her dislike of lonelygirl15’s behavior and how their popularity will soon diminish because of badly they hurt their fans and supporters. Come on, lonelygirl15 had dedicated fans and supporters?
I wonder if the famous venture capital firm Sequoia Capital knew what they were getting into when they invested in YouTube? With YouTube’s fast growing popularity, impressively increasing brand recognition and wide Internet reach, I think they knew exactly what they were getting into, as usual.
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