Susan Boyle gains an online popularity

April 21st, 2009 - 8:26 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Britain’s Got Talent reality show, participant Susan Boyle , has set the record for the number of views in a week and shows no sign of slowing down. The video of Boyle’s performance, had just headed her towards her online popularity heading straight to the history books.

According to Visible Measures, which tracks videos from YouTube, MySpace and other video-sharing sites, all Boyle-oriented videos and also including clips of her television interviews and her recently released rendition of Cry Me A River, recorded 10 years ago for a charity CD , have over all, generated a total of 85.2 million views. Nearly 20 million of those views came overnight.

The seven-minute video that was first posted on YouTube and then widely circulated online easily eclipsed more high-profile videos that have been around for months.

Tina Fey’s impersonation of Mrs Sarah Palin has clocked in 34.2 million views, said Visible Measures, while US President Barack Obama’s victory speech on election night has generated 18.5 million views.

But it is not just in online video where Boyle, the unassuming woman from a tiny Scottish town, has dominated. Her Wikipedia entry has attracted nearly 500,000 page views since it was created last Sunday.

Over the weekend, her Facebook fan page was flooded with comments, at some points adding hundreds of new members every few minutes. The page listed 150,000 members at 1pm last Friday. By Sunday night, there were more than a million.

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