FREAKquel: The Bouncing Poodle

You people may be more powerful than you know, at least in terms of viral web behavior.

A couple weeks ago, I posted here about a funny video on YouTube that shows a large white poodle bouncing (or “stotting,” as I was informed by a commenter) through Washington Square Park in NYC. The poodle is owned, and being walked, by my cousin Barbara.

At that time, the video had been viewed about 300 or 400 times on YouTube. Soon after, it became a “featured” video on YouTube’s homepage and, as of this writing, has been viewed more than 300,000 times.

How did this happen? I don’t know the first thing about the algorithms YouTube uses to bump a video up to a featured page, but I wouldn’t find it hard to believe that a short, intense burst of viewing activity from a few thousand Freakonomics.com readers tripped the YouTube switch, propelling Moishe the bouncing dog into the video stratosphere. Plainly, this poodle is anything but standard.


Kent

I saw a bouncing cat in Madison Square Park yesterday.

JoeKeeley

How does it feel that the biggest media star in the Dubner family - is now a hopped-up poodle? :)

Kim

I recognize that video. After seeing it on the Ellen talk show, my mom sent it my way, thinking I'd find it amusing. I did :)

scorcoran

I actually saw this dog leaping and barking his way through Washington Square Park last evening. Is this dog certifiably insane? Either way, I'm sure I would be if my dog barked perpetually at absolutely nothing at all every waking minute of the day....

agrainofNaCl

Quoth the Stephen, "How did this happen?"

I thought it would be obvious because I thought everyone had read Malcolm Gladwell's the Tipping Point by this time. You and Steven are Mavens and this blog seems to be like a Connector. And by the The Law of the Few you started a trend. Congratulations, Mavens!

angryman

You had the same effect when you blogged about a project of mine. The blog entry led to some moderate buzz, which led to a youtube feature which led to a crapload more viewers than I would have otherwise had.

Or the connection may be even more direct than that. Maybe the guy who chooses the youtube feature videos reads your blog. Steve Chen, reveal thyself!

Kent

I saw a bouncing cat in Madison Square Park yesterday.

JoeKeeley

How does it feel that the biggest media star in the Dubner family - is now a hopped-up poodle? :)

Kim

I recognize that video. After seeing it on the Ellen talk show, my mom sent it my way, thinking I'd find it amusing. I did :)

scorcoran

I actually saw this dog leaping and barking his way through Washington Square Park last evening. Is this dog certifiably insane? Either way, I'm sure I would be if my dog barked perpetually at absolutely nothing at all every waking minute of the day....

agrainofNaCl

Quoth the Stephen, "How did this happen?"

I thought it would be obvious because I thought everyone had read Malcolm Gladwell's the Tipping Point by this time. You and Steven are Mavens and this blog seems to be like a Connector. And by the The Law of the Few you started a trend. Congratulations, Mavens!

angryman

You had the same effect when you blogged about a project of mine. The blog entry led to some moderate buzz, which led to a youtube feature which led to a crapload more viewers than I would have otherwise had.

Or the connection may be even more direct than that. Maybe the guy who chooses the youtube feature videos reads your blog. Steve Chen, reveal thyself!