Military Scientists Use Yelp and Digg To Test Viral Marketing Skills

In the age of Reddit and BuzzFeed, it seems like everybody wants to know the secret to making things go viral. Even the military wants to know how to make things go viral, and one research team says they've figured it out—using an algorithm they tested on social networks like Digg and Foursquare. Wait, why does the… » 9/20/13 3:40pm 9/20/13 3:40pm

Watch a Guy Freak People Out By Floating in the Air on a Moving Bus

Though this prank video is an obvious attempt at force inducing viral-ity by Pepsi Max, it's still a pretty fun watch. The magician Dynamo tricks people into thinking he can levitate by 'magically' following a bus around as it moves across London. Watch people freak out when they see him float. » 6/24/13 8:00pm 6/24/13 8:00pm

Watch These Fake Flying People Freak Out New York City

We don't usually geek out to manufactured viral marketing fluff, but trust us, this video is pretty good. The marketing team behind the movie Chronicle flew three human shaped RC planes around NYC to make it look like real people were magically flying. From the ground, it really looked like you were watching a… » 1/30/12 4:07pm 1/30/12 4:07pm

Bruce Lee Nunchucks the Crap Out Of Ping Pong in Nokia Shill

A couple of weeks ago, a ten second clip called "Bruce Lee's secret training video," » 11/20/08 10:00pm 11/20/08 10:00pm featuring someone looking like the famous Kung Fu master completely owning at ping pong with a pair of nunchaku, was uploaded to the Chinese Internet. Now, the entire clip is up and... it's a Nokia ad! For a Bruce Lee version of…

Cellphone Popcorn Video Is Viral Marketing For Bluetooth Headset

You've probably seen the video above where people put cellphones around popcorn kernels and pop them by making a call. Turns out that it's a slightly disingenuous video by Cardo, a Blutooth headset manufacturer, in order to scare people into thinking that cellphones have that much radiation and they really need a… » 6/12/08 5:00pm 6/12/08 5:00pm

Cubicle Farm Rampage Video Was Just a Viral Marketing Stunt

Last week's post about a guy absolutely losing his shit in a becubicled office turned out to be a viral ad for Wanted, that new action film with James MacAvoy and Angelina Jolie. I guess the video could be considered a success in that it was convincing and popular, but the fact that it is associated with a… » 6/10/08 7:29pm 6/10/08 7:29pm

Rumor: Zune to Pay You For Sharing Songs?

The Microsoft Zune may pay you for sharing a song with others if they end up buying that song themselves. As you probably know, the Zune's WiFi capability will let you send a song to another Zune user, and then that user can listen to it three times for free within three days, after which a prompt appears asking for… » 10/24/06 1:11pm 10/24/06 1:11pm