Viral News Search

Search current events based on how viral they are

Posted 10 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

In a short weekend I built a site, News Ox, to demo the power of Virality Score. News Ox is a viral news aggregator that does a real good job of presenting content about current events that is being shared across the internet. From there you can even filter by category or keyword, but that was just about all...Until now. Now you can search on News Ox. Or that is to say, you are searching part of the powerful data set within Virality Score, for viral news. Only 50 of the top results will be returned to you, but I felt that should be... Read More

The Average Life Span of Web Content

When content no longer gets shared

Posted 10 months ago by Tom Maiaroto.

It's no surprise that internet users are fickle and we have short attention spans. There is just so much internet content out there to consume that we're almost trained to have short attention spans. What about "viral" content? Surely that must have more staying power, right? That has to live longer and be shared for a good while. Well, you may be surprised to find out that's not necessarily true. While every now and then we have some long viral wave and things like "Gangnam Style" get shared for weeks and even months on end, most... Read More

The Web's Most Viral Colors

Do the colors of photos help make content viral?

Posted 1 year ago by Tom Maiaroto.

I gather a lot of data, though I seem to have an unquenchable thirst. I want more. Before I get there, however, I keep saying how I could use Virality Score figure out the most viral color on the web using the data I have. So I figured, why not take a few minutes to prove it? I ran a simple aggregate query in my database and for Sept. 19th through the 24th, I came up with some results. The dominant colors in the photographs for the most viral content of this period of time are as... Read More

Don't Confuse Popularity With Virality

Though suffice to say if it's viral, it's likely popular.

Posted 1 year ago by Tom Maiaroto.

I continually research the area of viral content across the internet. It's something that's pretty fascinating to me (obviously) and at the same time fairly confusing and limited in terms of mass understanding. That is to say, not enough people research it and there is not enough information out there about it. We have a lot of people and services trying to make things viral...But the jaw dropping part is that they don't actually have a way to measure or quantify their success. Other than perhaps a loose number of increased page views or... Read More

Apple's Virality Over the Past Days

iOS 7 Spiked Sharing Activity

Posted 1 year ago by Tom Maiaroto.

So how did the news go over for iOS7? Pretty well it seems! Many sites had something to say about it and the stories were shared in mass. In fact, stories talking about Apple for the past few days were, on average, more viral than 22% of the stories on the internet! Digging deeper into the data... We can actually compare sites side by side with this interactive graph and observe some interesting things going on. For example, anandtech.com had the most viral story, but that was short lived. What about their typical coverage? Well,... Read More

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