Happy Friday, SocialTimes readers! The internet is so vast, it’s nearly impossible to be there every time a skateboarder crashes or a kitten flails on a staircase, but watch these moments we must, because that is what we do. Here’s a round-up of video compilations that get your funny video watching done in a couple of glorious minutes so you can get back to your spreadsheets, or whatever it is you do.
Creative production company Portal A has launched a new YouTube channel, AdhocVids, to bring to video marketing something that YouTube has had for years: parodies. The team’s first parody mocks Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” video, in which a forensic sketch artist compares a woman’s description of herself to a stranger’s in order to prove that women are their own worst critics when it comes to their looks.
J.C. Penney is trying to turn a new leaf following the ouster of CEO Ron Johnson who eliminated sales and coupons at the department store in favor of everyday prices. Now, it is turning to social media – Facebook, Twitter and YouTube specifically – to ask former customers for a second chance, and they are responding both positively and negatively.
In this episode of “Elevator Pitch,” Burn Note founder Jacob Robbins explains how he plans to take his private messaging system to the next level. Competitors like Snapchat may be all the rage with the younger crowd, but Robbins tells WebMediaBrands CEO Alan Meckler that his ephemeral messaging platform can also help adults make their emails more secure at work.
All New Hampshire resident Henry Gribbohm wanted to do was win an XBox for his kids. Instead, he lost his life savings of $2,600 in a carnival game and walked away with nothing but a giant banana with dreadlocks. CollegeHumor has turned to the internet to save the day. Right now, if you go to the website and “like” the post, the publishers will buy the banana from Mr. Gribbohm for $2,600 and give him the X-Box Kinect of his dreams. But they’ll need 26,000 Likes for the banana and 30,000 Likes for the XBox.
The makers of the indie film Arthur Newman took a gamble on digital distribution, releasing a 10-minute promotional video on BitTorrent in the lead-up to its premier this weekend.
Happy Friday, everyone! Two weeks ago, a little video called “How Animals Eat Their Food” was so educational that some viewers decided to practice their animal table manners at home. Here are a few of our favorite parodies.
Sure, YouTube isn’t here to replace real school, but when I am feeling especially stuffed from overeating at the internet’s buffet of food photos, lolspeak captions, and viral dances, these amazing channels can refill my mind. Don’t you want to get your nerd on? Check out my list below. Your brain will thank you.
Netflix today reported a profit of $3 million for the first quarter of 2013, with total revenue of $1.02 billion. Revenue was up 20 percent over the same quarter of last year, when the company saw a net loss of $5 million.
Anything can happen when a video goes viral on YouTube. Just ask comedian Lucas Cruikshank, whose 2008 debut of his Fred Figglehorn character on the video-sharing site helped launch his television career. But just like the one-hit wonders on the radio, some video stars disappear as quickly as they came. What ever happened to teen pop star Rebecca Black, whose catchy song, “Friday,” prompted just as much ridicule as it did praise? See how these and other YouTubers have fared over time in this infographic by VIXY.net.