What Makes an Image Go Viral? Could Be as Simple as Color 

Never before in human history has it been so easy to share, like, pin, reblog, images. That's, like, totally awesome for teenage girls showing off their prom dresses but also a pretty huge boon for scientists studying what makes images shareable. And it could be something as simple as color. » 2/25/15 9:20am 2/25/15 9:20am

Human stupidity gone viral makes for brilliant organ donor ads

Belgium-based ad agency Duval-Guillaume has a new clever campaign using human life-risking stupidity gone viral to raise awareness about organ donation. I can imagine the concept working perfectly with those daredevil videos we sometimes post in Sploid. » 10/17/14 6:15am 10/17/14 6:15am

What a 30,000-Year-Old Giant Zombie Virus Means For the Future

A monster virus comes back from ancient times to wreak havoc on mankind. That may sound like a blurb from a science fiction novel, but as scientists have known for some time, it's not at all impossible. And thanks to the recent revival of a 30,000-year-old giant virus in Siberia, there's increasing concern that it… » 3/04/14 2:00pm 3/04/14 2:00pm

Inside the Fakes Factory: My Chat With a Viral Image Creator

It's an astounding sight: Buddha carved into a tall rock formation at the Ngyen Khag Taktsang Monastery in China. People talked breathlessly about how they visited the place, saw it with their own eyes. Except that they didn't. Because it's a fake. And this is the guy who faked it. » 2/04/14 1:05pm 2/04/14 1:05pm

Here Are the Best Viral Videos of 2012

If you want to get a quick handle on what videos went viral this year, Videogum has put together their 5th annual montage of the best viral videos of the year. There are over 80 videos spliced together, from Ashton Kutcher's dumb dating commercial to Zooey Deschanel's silly (but so adorbz!, ha) iPhone commercial to … » 12/20/12 9:00pm 12/20/12 9:00pm

The Story Behind the Internet's Most Popular Photo

This photo, along with the simple caption "Four more years" became the most tweeted and most liked on Facebook photograph ever, and it did so with incredible speed. We thought you'd like to hear the story behind it. It's probably not what you imagined. » 11/08/12 8:46pm 11/08/12 8:46pm

The Surest Way to a Viral Hit: Professional Clicking

Need a viral smash? No point leaving it to chance. Just get Buyral on case. Their team of expert clickers will get your views up in no time; whether or not anyone actually sees it is another matter altogether. » 11/04/12 5:30pm 11/04/12 5:30pm

How Viral Images Spread on Facebook, Visualized

Like counts are interesting, but they don't tell you how a link spreads on Facebook. That's why Stamen Design has explored how viral photos spread across the network—and the visualization they've created is damn pretty. » 10/12/12 7:16am 10/12/12 7:16am

Why Videos Go Viral

Not all YouTube videos are made equal. Some languish in obscurity, while a tiny percentage rack up millions of hits. If you've ever wondered why that is, this explanation by Kevin Allocca, YouTube's trends manager, is well worth watching. » 2/28/12 7:20am 2/28/12 7:20am

The Very Worst Viral Videos of 2011 Are Obviously the Very Best Viral…

79 videos of viral videos. Four minutes and twelve seconds of shocking stupidity, cruel luck and freaky freaks. Five weeks of bad dreams after seeing it. Here's the video summary that will make you wonder: why life? » 12/21/11 10:40am 12/21/11 10:40am

Well-Compensated French Man Gets Interactive QR Code Tattoo In the Name…

Real, fake or enhanced, this "animated tattoo" marketing video out of France appears to have worked as advertised: A tattooed lad with a desire for a QR code on his chest has received said body art, and it started moving. » 7/10/11 12:00pm 7/10/11 12:00pm

What Happens When a Bug Lands on a Touchscreen?

What would happen if a fly landed on your touchscreen computer? It's a question we never thought to ask but thanks to YouTube, we now know the answer. [YouTube] » 6/15/11 7:31pm 6/15/11 7:31pm

The Times Square Screen Hijacking Clip Was Just the Product of a New…

Remember that video from earlier this week showing the guy hijacking Times Square screens with a homemade "video repeater?" Or that one from a little earlier in which a guy got his dome shaved clean by an automated shaving helmet? They're both fake. No surprise there. But what is surprising is that they're both … » 3/17/11 10:40am 3/17/11 10:40am

How to Piss People Off In One Easy Step

Step one: Alter benches in New Zealand so that they press advertising messages about short shorts into the back of a person's bare thighs. You're done. [Copyranter via Neatorama] » 2/27/11 3:00pm 2/27/11 3:00pm

How an Adorable Pig Could Take Down the Internet

Oh, how I love the Onion! It constantly creates fantastic nightmare scenarios detailing how the world as we know it could be destroyed—or in this case, how a cute piglet could take down the Internet. » 2/25/11 10:00pm 2/25/11 10:00pm

I Wish All Airlines Were as Awesome as This One

Now, here's a story that makes me happy. European airline Spanair decided to surprise 190 passengers flying on December 24 from Barcelona to Las Palmas—in the Canary Islands—with Christmas Presents. And not just stupid little gifts. Real presents. » 1/05/11 1:00pm 1/05/11 1:00pm

The 50 Awesomest Viral Videos Under 30 Seconds Long

Who has time to watch a whole viral video anymore? Between Tweeting, drinking Mountain Dew, and doing backflips, our attention spans are shorter than ever. So UGO curated 50 of the best viral videos under a half minute long. Enjoy: » 11/05/10 11:00am 11/05/10 11:00am

How This Philips Viral Ad Led to a Gun-Toting Bear Hunt

There's nothing a marketing department loves more than a viral campaign. Millions of impressions! All that BUZZ! But what happens when authorities think your video of a bear just chilling on a street corner is real? Men with guns happen. » 10/14/10 12:40pm 10/14/10 12:40pm

Watch Samsung Put a Memory Card Through SD Hell

Where do bad memory cards go when they die? Probably somewhere very similar to this puppy, paintball, and tiny-hat filled obstacle course of doom. Warning: this video contains extreme SD brutality. » 9/27/10 6:40pm 9/27/10 6:40pm