Viral videos of the week – 21/10/2012

21 Oct 2012

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features a lively sing-song from the town hall debate, one small step for mankind but one giant leap for one man, Bodyform revealing a little too much information, an awesome remote-controlled (r/c) chase and with the Apple vs Samsung fight rumbling on, one question remains: will they blend?

More than 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, 500 years of video watched on Facebook every day, and more than 700 YouTube videos shared on Twitter each minute, ensuring there is always video trending on the web.

With so much video available for viewing, we take a look at some of the viral videos that have caught our eye this week.

Town Hall Debate Songified 

Sick of the presidential debates already? Yeah, us too. Constantly seeing YouTube clogged with campaign videos and recaps from each party hasn’t been much fun for anyone either side of the Atlantic. Thankfully, the guys at schmoyoho have been on song this week to provide some light relief. Even managing to fit in the now-infamous “binders full of women” quote, this musical number will be stuck in your head all day.


Uploaded: 17 October 2012 


Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic freefall from 128k’ – Mission Highlights 

An amazing feat from a daredevil or just one giant publicity stunt for Red Bull? Whichever way you look at it, Felix Baumgartner’s amazing freefall captured the imagination of the world, setting three individual world records in the process (the only man to achieve a supersonic skydive, highest exit from a platform at 128,000 feet and the highest freefall without a drogue parachute, which was measured at 119,846 feet). The event also gathered the most concurrent views ever on YouTube at more than 8m livestreams. This little recap video has hit an amazing 19.5m views in just four days!


Uploaded: 14 October 2012 


Bodyform Responds :: The Truth 

In one of those ‘a little too perfect not to be staged’ kind of ways, this video has amassed more than 2m views on YouTube in just under three days. The reason? Well, a jealous poster on Bodyform’s Facebook wall brought into question the accuracy of some of Bodyform’s previous marketing claims. Bodyform responds, a little too honestly, and scores a viral marketing win.


Uploaded: 16 October 2012 


The Greatest R/C Car Chase Ever 

We’ve all been there. Sitting down with scalextric track or another form of radio-controlled car, starring in a movie in our own minds. From the mind to video this week, as YouTube user freddiew makes the most awesome r/c chase imaginable (helicopter jump included!)


Uploaded: 16 October 2012 


Will It Blend? – iPhone 5 vs Galaxy S3 

The patent battles, the app wars, the fanbois, the screen size, the Retina display, the ppi rate, the battle for supremacy in the smartphone market. Only one question remains – will it blend?


Uploaded: 16 October 2012