There was a commercial here in the states three decades or so ago where they showed someone talking about a product and the actress turns to the camera and says and I told two friends and they told two friends and so on and so on and so on.
Until the tv screen was full of people talking about the product.
I'd like to try the same kind of ripple effect for something completely different and see if we can make the world's biggest game of pass it on by ourselves with just the help of electronic impulses sent racing through cyberspace.
What am I talking about?
[cue the dramatic music]
I'd like to take my friend Cat Connor viral.
Not actually Cat, but the videos for her books. She has two and it would be so much fun to see the hit counters go wild just because we tried this little experiment.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lldJaJpWm2o killerbyte by Cat Connor
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Ex7bLjE8b8 terrorbyte by Cat Connor
Both of the videos are filled with blood, knives, head wounds, bodies and body parts in bags…. You know just the stuff you want to see on an empty stomach or while eating your breakfast.
So here's what I'm asking:
What I'd like you to do is click on the videos [watch them through your fingers if you must] and pick out your favorite parts and report back.
My personal favorite part is the smiling dead body in the bathtub in the killerbyte video.
And "Mac" is a standout in both the killerbyte and terrorbyte videos. In killerbyte he has a scene where he's trying to negotiate reading a roadmap, and in terrorbyte he has a scene where he's stumbling around after regaining consciousness on a riverbank.
In both scenes he could be reciting the phone book for all you'll care. [you'll see why]
So what's in it for you besides doing a good karmic deed and knowing that what goes around comes around?
Here comes the part where I throw down the gauntlet:
You guys keep touting the benefits of social networking.
Do you think that by using twitter, facebook, email, the phone, our blogs, a can with a string tied to another can with a string…..that we can take these two videos viral?
I'd like to see it in action.
And if we can get the videos up to say 500 hits each?
I'll get a twitter account.
I know [get the lady in the back some smelling salts, will ya?]
For anyone new to the blog this is why that would be a big freakin deal.
But it would be worth it to see if we can actually do this thing.
So warm up your typing fingers, send out mass tweets, email everybody in your address book, tell your postman, tell the lady at the grocery store in line next to you, call your long lost cousin, buttonhole your minister or rabbi [that just sounds wrong].
Lets get this thing done.
And the best part?
You don't even have to endorse the books [which are AWESOME by the way] just pass along the idea that this is a grass roots movement to take two unknown videos viral.
I'll post results here in a week.
And I'll keep a running tab on the # of hits in the comment thread.
I think that this will be such a cool thing to do…..and hey, I might check to see if there's a Guinness Book of World's records for speed of taking a video viral……
You never know…..
One of these days I might be able to say that I hold more than just the record for hanging the longest from the chin up bar in gym class.
And if it works you'll all get to see me tweet a random thought now and then…..but I'll still wear my tinfoil hat while I do it.
[don't want Vader to have FULL access]
For all you tweeters out there:
#takecatviral http://tiny.cc/qf6rJ killerbyte
#takecatviral http://tiny.cc/aMOLI terrorbyte