So me and Prezzy have always had this debate: would my How To Trick People video have gone viral without Barstool. Prez always says that if Barstool hadn’t posted it, no one would have seen it and that’s the whole reason it went viral. Well if some of you remember, my video was the #3 most shared video of 2010, sharing meaning via Social Media like Twitter and Facebook. Apparently its #2 now since somebody took down Baby Bob Marley. The first place the video was ever posted was on my Facebook wall and didn’t go up on Barstool until later that evening… after many people including the Sales guy had seen it and demanded it go on Barstool since I was working for them full time already. The chart above shows the stats for the first week of my video and where the views came from.
For those of you who are friends with me on Facebook here or here, you would know I’ve got a few Facebook friends. The fan page was in place before the video came out as well because I had already reached my 5,000 friend limit. Or maybe you follow me on Twitter, who knows. It’s hard to say how or why videos go viral, because the answer is no one really knows. If people knew the formula for that stuff they would be pumping them out left and right. But I will say that I know the majority of people who watch my videos are female, I tell you guys all the time I have the hottest girl fans on planet earth. If Barstool made this video go viral, yet made up a whopping 1% of views in the first week (when it quote “went viral”) then how did so many girls see and share the video via social media, making up over 20% of views? Last time I checked, I didn’t know Barstool Sports was mostly female readers. Because that’s who was watching my video. Did that 1% of viewers (or should I say perhaps .3% of female viewers) then post on their Facebook walls and other peoples’ Facebook walls like 800 times a piece? Something about that math just doesn’t make sense to me.
Another 20% of views in the first week came from YouTube pages. If you guys know anything about YouTube and how it works, they don’t scour the blogs looking for their own videos. But that’s funny right? If Barstool had 50,000 views and Facebook had over a million views… it must have been on the YouTube homepage because of all those views on Barstool right?
I only bring this up because Prezzy is again saying he’s shutting down Stool Lala. Since my full time job is now making videos, there’s no need to keep the site running because it’s costing him money to run it and I’m no longer the employee I was once. Obviously he has let me keep it for a while until I find a place in the world so I still have the support from you guys and his readers which is much appreciated. You guys have always meant the world to me and I know I owe a lot of my success (or “success” depending on who you ask and whether or not they are looking at my degrees) to Prez, Barstool, and its following. That’s not a question. It’s no coincidence that I worked for a media mogul, the Tastemaker himself for an entire year and am now able to do what I do.
With that being said, I have no idea how website things work and how fast they get shut down and what not, so I don’t really know if you wake up tomorrow if Stool Lala will still be here or if it will take 3 years to shut it down. I’m going to keep posting stuff on here until it doesn’t show up on my computer anymore. But with this post I just wanted to clarify the fact that I still strongly believe that you, every hot girl (or gay guy or embarrassed straight guy) that follows me on Facebook and YouTube and Twitter are the ones that made my video go viral, you are the ones that watched and laughed and shared and shared and shared again. You guys did that to the tune of 1 million times on Facebook in the first week. Not Barstool. Not unless Blackdude, Oddsagain and Amberlamps embedded it on their Facebook walls and then watched it 400,000 times a piece. I mean I know everybody likes to take credit for stuff, but come on. This has been hanging over my head since day one, like I owed everything including my soul to Prezzy for making my video go viral. And maybe I’m still wrong, but those numbers are pretty hard to argue with. And if Stool Lala gets shut down, I think you guys already know where to find me.