Going Viral – Part 1

What a crazy week this has been. At this time last week, I had no idea that a video I uploaded back in April would suddenly be seen around the world and be on several TV programs.

Where do I begin? Let’s start with showing you the video in question. This one:

The video started to climb on Monday morning and it built very quickly to about 5,000 views by mid-day. At that time, I received a phone call from a TV show called RightThisMinute. They had found my video about a potty chair being stuck on my other twins’ head in the past and had also run a spot on another family on YouTube who I have had contact with so I was already familiar with them. I was happy to hear back from them. (Side note: Those who post family videos on YouTube end up getting to know each other and we chat. It is a lovely little community.) RightThisMinute asked to do a Skype interview with us that Monday late afternoon and they would air it on their show on Tuesday. You can watch the segment here: Right This Minute – Twin Escapes from His Crib

Later on that evening… or was that Tuesday? So much is going on I will have to go back and check my emails to figure this all out, but MTV Canada contacted us and asked to use the video. I said sure. The only request I make of all inquiries is that they be respectful of the footage and not do any inappropriate voiceovers because this is footage of my children. They must be sensitive to that. I thought it was neat that two TV programs contacted me about it, but at that time, the video was still under 10,000 views so I thought that would be the end of it.

It was when the video reached 14,000 views that a Good Morning America producer emailed me asking if they could use it on their program. My red flags went up because why would Good Morning America be interested in a video with only 14,000 views? Wouldn’t they want to cover a video that already has over 1,000,000 views? This was just a video of my son climbing out of his crib when he should have been taking nap and to me didn’t see all that sensational. I had to do my own investigation to figure out if this producer was legit. All producers who have contacted me have provided their email address and their contact phone numbers, however why call a number they give you cause it could be some prankster giving you their cell phone number.

I have done internet searches on every producer who has emailed me so far, gone to their twitter accounts if they have one to see what activity they have on there, search the phone numbers they provide me to see what sites they come up on… I do the best I can to screen them and is it ever a lot of work! The Good Morning America producer checked out and I agreed to let them use the footage but was not giving any rights away – and they never asked for them. I want to make sure that as much as possible in this digital age, I retain control over how my kids’ images are being used. I have full ownership over the video and no one else has any right to it. If you find someone claiming they can authorize the use of this video please let me know (themomof6boys(at)gmail.com).

Still a bit skeptical, I did tell friends and family that they MIGHT be on Good Morning America but don’t hold your breath incase someone just wants to pull a prank on a family and is thinking about them huddled around their TV in the morning waiting for a segment that isn’t going to air. But it did air and well, it has been a crazy ride ever since.

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More to come… when I have the time. 🙂

Cheryl

Cheryl lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and six boys. She has been on YouTube since 2010 and is focused on highlighting the fun side of parenting. She is a soon to be published author and has a passion for helping others by sharing the tips and tricks she has learned along the way.

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Cheryl lives in Alberta, Canada with her husband and six boys. She has been on YouTube since 2010 and is focused on highlighting the fun side of parenting. She is a soon to be published author and has a passion for helping others by sharing the tips and tricks she has learned along the way.

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