While checking our year-end stats, I looked at what fared well on our YouTube channel.
Here is a list provided by YouTube that shows the ten most viewed videos on our channel in 2012:
1. Carolina Chocolate Drops performing “Hit ‘Em Up Style”
2. Carolina Chocolate Drops “Cornbread and Butterbeans”
3. Letalvis Cobbins’ testimony from the stand
4. Documentary: The murders of Channon Christian and Chris Newsom
5. Shake and Bake: The new method to make meth
6. Comedy Central’s Workaholics goof around
7. Outlaws leader tells his side of the story
8. Walking with Dinosaurs
9. George Thomas’ trial - Day two
10. Dolly Parton talks about her marriage
I’ll admit it: I’m a sucker for cute YouTube videos. And you want to know something else?
You are, too.
But that’s OK. One of the greatest joys the Internet brings us is the ability to revel in the cuteness. We get to take a break from all the other bizarre, terrible or realistic content flooding our feeds, and lose ourselves in photos and videos of animals, babies and baby animals.
Here are some of my recent favorites.
Baby and puppy meet for the first time
In this video, as you can probably guess from its name, a baby and puppy are introduced. Utter cuteness follows.
Buttermilk plays with her friends
Don’t let the title or the image fool you; this video is the greatest video I’ve seen in a looooong time. Buttermilk is an 11-week-old Nigerian dwarf goat kid at Took a Leap Farm in Houlton, Maine.
The name of the farm says it all. Buttermilk is shown running and leaping around her fellow goats. Really, it’s pointless to try to explain what happens. You simply have to watch it for yourself.
Oh, and you’re welcome.
11-month-old twins dance to Daddy’s guitar
As if identical twin babies weren’t cute enough, in this video we’re introduced to how these girls react to their father’s guitar playing.
The dancing. The knowing looks they give one another. It’s almost just too cute to handle.
It’s a topic I’m all too familiar with: Internet trolls and nasty commenters. I’ve written a previous #trending column about it, and monitoring comments on knoxnews.com is one of my many tasks here at the News Sentinel.
So it’s only natural that I reacted so strongly to this particular post: Kiss Annoying YouTube Comments Goodbye With The Herp Derp Browser Extension
OK, so let me break it down: YouTube comments are widely considered some of the WORST comments online. It often seems YouTubers’ singular goal is to be as abhorrent as humanly possible.
Stokes writes, “I loathe YouTube comments. Here’s a simple browser extension to convert them to herp derp. If you insist on reading the original (which is highly discouraged), click the comment.”
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A search term in today’s Yahoo’s “What’s Spiking Content” email piqued my interest:
Creature Cams: It’s the season when nature is in full swing and people want to see it all first hand. Searches for bird nest cams begin to buzz in April and continue through the spring. Yahoo! searches for “eagle cam” are up 123% this week, with 65% of searches coming from women. Additional creature cams buzzing this week on Yahoo! include: Frozen Planet penguin cam, San Jose falcon cam, and Starr Ranch owl cam.
Just a few weeks ago, I had posted a user-submitted video on our site and to our YouTube account of a golden eagle attacking a turkey in February 2012. Ken Little found the segment on his trail camera on a farm just south of Waverly, Tenn., and shared the video with friends. The video finally made its way to reporter Morgan Simmons - who coincidentally - was working on a story about the tracking of golden eagles.
The video on our YouTube channel has over 500 views. It gained some traction last week after Game and Fish magazine embedded the video on its website. You can see the data for that video below. Animals videos tend to do really well on YouTube, so I’m sure we’ll see strong growth in this video’s page views. (I’ll restrain myself from embedding the cute animal video I saw today of an elephant playing with a Samsung Galaxy tablet.) Our red panda cam of the cubs at the Knoxville Zoo had a lot of fans and users were dismayed when the camera ended.
And finally, here is the video of the golden eagle attacking the turkey. I’m sure you skimmed past all my notes and just clicked play. Enjoy!