We often say something has gone “viral” when referring to a popular video, website, Instagram or tweet. Well, I’ve discovered a tool that actually measures in real time whether something has indeed “gone viral.”
Viralnewschart.com is a news discovery engine that enables its users and online professionals to see trending topics and viral news posts as they happen, using filters that segregate by a dozen channels (business, politics, music, etc.); time (the last hour to the last 48 hours); media; eleven locations (North America, Asia, Ukraine, global, etc); and formulas (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc.).
As I am writing this column, the second-most viral video is this blooper reel.
The No. 1 most viral news post? A piece headlined "How Many Life Skills Do You Have?" (I scored 85 out of a possible 100. How about you?) Related: Marc and Angel, authors of "1000 Little Things Happy Successful People Do Differently," have compiled a list of 30 things to start doing for yourself. Visit their website for more inspirational advice and tips for life.
OK, back to Viral News Chart.
This past weekend during the confrontation and subsequent stand-down at the Nevada cattle ranch between Cliven Bundy and his family and supporters versus Bureau of Land Management agents, the tense standoff occupied five of ten top trending topics in a 24-hour period.
And within one day, zooming from a 158.765 ranking on the Viral News Chart to the No. 2 slot was this related bombshell: "Breaking: Sen. Harry Reid Behind BLM Land Grab of Bundy Ranch," a story that "went viral" when it was picked up on social media as well as new media outlets that included WND, which on Sunday ran an expose by Jerome Corsi, "Reid smelling anything but rosy in ranch fight." The fourth-place viral piece was an ABC news report on the battle, followed by reports by Fox News Insider at No. 6; TPNN at No. 7 and Independent Journal Review at No. 8.
Last Sunday, the top viral story was ABC News' report: "Rancher Wins Range War with Feds." Coming in at No. 2 under the "Twitter, North American" category: The Blaze's "Is Harry Reid Involved? Seven Answers to Seven Questions You’re Probably Asking Right Now About the Nevada Rancher Situation."
Campaigning with ... um ... gusto
This campaign short contains adult language, but Bob Quast, running for the U.S. Senate in Iowa, produced a comical video in which he said if you try to harm his girls, he will ... well, his ad is so ... well, unconventional, it made headlines at Huffington Post, The Clash and The Blaze:
"Quast advocates for a 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring term limits for members of Congress. He then expresses his unwavering support for the Second Amendment," The Blaze summarizes. "The candidate then talks about the murder of his sister by her husband in 1999, warning him of what will happen if he comes to his home: 'If you are the sexual predator and sociopath who murdered my sister, Lynnette, and you come to my front door to do harm to my girls, I’m going to use my Glock — to ..."
Watch the video to find out what Quast says he'll do.
Oops, I did it again
She left the way she managed: incompetently. Unfortunately for her, the final page was ... well, take a look at one of the more popular video clips of the past week from The Young Turks. This one final act of incompetence from the woman nicknamed by her detractors as "Cruella DeVille" pretty much sums up her reign as the death-panel queen. Caution – adult language.
Speaking of incompetence, imagine how Hitler might have reacted when he found out that under Obamacare, he couldn't keep his doctor? Well, wonder no more. Heeeere's Adolf!
Now that's a tip!
"Prank It Forward" is a project by a group called "Break," and they posted this amazing story about a waitress who had no idea her shift would end the way it did. Meet Chelsea Roff and watch what happened to her. Here's "The Best Shift Ever".
Undie-neath it all
What do you know about your unmentionables? Here are 12 things about your undergarments that might surprise you!
Magical tree tunnel
The website "Bored Panda" typically features art, design, inspiration and unusual photos. The site recently featured a pictorial collection of gorgeous tree tunnels found all over the world, beautiful enough to print and frame.
"A few of the tree tunnels are happy coincidences," notes Bored Panda. "The Tunnel of Love in Ukraine, a popular photo spot for married couples, is also part of an operational railway system. The married couples have to schedule their photoshoots behind the times when freight trains are scheduled to pass through. Even unintentionally, these tree tunnels can work their magic on us."
See for yourself. Here's one to pique your interest:
Shame on who?
And finally, I leave you with this hilarious video of a car dealership employee dancing wit' da ones dat brung 'em, as this Wichita Subaru dealership takes on the union bullies with ... what else? A dance party! Heh ... rock on!