ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD
In this post we examine not only what makes something go viral but also observe an interesting social effect of a ten minute long YouTube video with nothing more than a Futurama frog called “The Hypnotoad” staring you in the face.
How did The Hypnotoad become a celebrity?
Well, Futurama is quite popular and has an enormous fan base, so that’s a good start, however there was something wonderfully unusual about The Hypnotoad to start with. Most of us had a good laugh and moved on. One fan however, decided to loop the video for ten minutes and upload it to YouTube to see what happens.
It all started with a single comment (most likely ryno1982) and it said something like:
“this video clip is the biggest pile of sh- ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD”
What followed was quite interesting. Without any coordination or agreement users started making comments of the similar type, each slightly different, all ending with “ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD” implying they have been hypnotised. Two years later and it’s still going now with nearly half a million views, of what? A frog looping on the screen for ten minutes! Incredible.
Who did what?
We analysed the data available on YouTube and found out the following fascinating facts about this video:
- Number of Views: 424,398
- Number of Comments: 5,663
- Saluted Hypnotoad 62.40%
- Spammed Hypnotoad 7.00%
- Mentioned Hypnotoad 2.00%
- All Other Comments 28.60%
What does this mean?
And in conclusion we should als… –ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOAD!
The Ten Minute Video