Viral videos of the week, starring Bruce Springsteen, the Slow Mo Guys, and a very active glacier

22 Jul 2012

We take a look at some of the most-viewed and most-shared videos on the web. This week features the luckiest six-year-old in Dublin, the best internet you’ve ever had, a watermelon blown apart by rubber bands, an iceberg tsunami and a kitty attack.

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.

Bruce Springsteen brings six-year-old girl on-stage

Six-year-old (despite what the video tells you) Sophie Sutton from Leopardstown became the envy of millions when she was picked out of the crowd during the first of Bruce Springsteen’s two-night-stand concert in the RDS to sing ‘Waitin’ on a Sunny Day’ with The Boss himself. Lucky girl!


Uploaded: 17 July 2012

Airtime: The best internet you’ve ever had

Remember Airtime, the video network launched by Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning earlier this year? Well, here’s a refresher course on the service by Buckley Rivington, with the help of some familiar faces.


Uploaded: 16 July 2012

Rubber bands vs watermelon

If you haven’t heard of YouTube stars The Slow Mo Guys, you can probably guess what their claim to fame is by their title alone. Having heard that you could cut up a watermelon open using rubber bands, the pair decided to give it a bash so that viewers could watch a large fruit explode in slow motion. The result: strangely hypnotic.


Uploaded: 18 July 2012

Iceberg tsunami gone wild

Glaciers move slowly, so slowly… until suddenly the side of one breaks off and sends a rush of waves your way. Thankfully, this cameraman held his ground up to the last possible moment, making for a rather breathtaking clip.


Uploaded: 19 July 2012

Kitten attack!

Catwoman’s got nothing on this stealthy kitty. Meow!


Uploaded: 17 July 2012

Elaine Burke is the host of For Tech’s Sake, a co-production from Silicon Republic and The HeadStuff Podcast Network. She was previously the editor of Silicon Republic.