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Trial and Error

Otter Love

May 3, 2007 11:23 AM

Television network content isn’t the only thing YouTube users want to watch. Given Google’s counterpunch earlier this week, in which it denied virtually every claim in Viacom’s $1 billion copyright lawsuit including even that it couldn’t prove that Viacom’s corporate headquarters are in New York, it’s worth noting that traffic has continued to rise on the popular video-sharing site despite the lawsuit. YouTube attracted 45 million unique visitors in March and plenty of those were watching a pair of otters holding hands, er, paws. Credit given where credit’s due—a Google spokesperson did alert me to this clip:

More than 5.5 million YouTube viewers watched this video so far, putting the paw, er, flipper, tango in the upper echelon of most watched videos of all time. Not bad for a longtail video. I mean, that’s really longtail. That’s like the definition of longtail.


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