Stealing Stolen Goods...A Social Intervention

For my intervention of Social Computing I decided to deal with youtube because it is a website that has become huge in the last few years to the point where it's in nearly everyone's vernacular. I'm interested in people starting youtube accounts for the sole purpose of posting things that they had no part of. ie: many of the music videos, newscasts, sports videos, tv show clips etc. are posted by individuals who profit in no way from it...so why put the videos up? the best answer I can come up with is that there is a need in every person to be social and the internet has made it incredibly easy for any normal person to become the center of attention in their tiny sector of the internet. Without random people donating their time to this cause, we would not have the huge archive of information that we have today..



My idea was to find the most popular videos that individuals have put up, and upload them myself to youtube with the same tags, titles, and description as the original. I've created a youtube account and saved some of the most popular videos onto my computer and re-uploaded them. My experiment will be to see if I get as many hits as they do and if I can't direct that internet traffic in other directions...
Go to my Youtube channel

the results....

so it looks like Tina Fey playing Sarah Palin is hot on the web...




I guess Sarah Palin is just all over the place... . 2nd place


an hour or so after I put this up "the man" caught on...



the trailer for "Quarantine" gets a lot of hits too...


i thought that "Smosh" Boxman for for President would be more popular, but I guess not....


Conclusion...

conclusion pending...but at this point my most watched video is Tina Fey playing Sarah Palin. I uploaded it an hour ago and it has 120 hits...Go to my Youtube channel
by Rob Carter for a Social Computing assignment at SFSU, 2008