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Digging deeper into Youtube Poop

Last posted Sep 15, 2009 at 12:36PM EDT. Added Aug 30, 2009 at 01:41PM EDT
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I’ve been looking at YTP fads like “X with a layer added every second”…
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/x-with-a-layer-added-every-second

And I’ve been wondering how this happens. I can’t understand what motivates a person to contribute to this fad. And then from reading the descriptions, I noticed that it seems to have just been a commonly agreed upon idea that this would be constructed simply to be a fad.

So where is this agreement happenening?

Influential Youtube Poopers

There are Youtube users that create Youtube Poop exclusively, and have large numbers of subscribers.

The two most influential users within the Youtube Poop community seem to be (or have been) WalrusGuy and Deepercut

Info on Walrus Guy
http://www.youtube.com/user/walrusguymemorial

YouChewPoop

The Youchewpoop community, organized through http://youchewpoop.com/forums and explained on http://youchewpoop.com/news/faq/ seems to be the most influential hub within the larger Youtube Poop community.

Finding out traffic statistics on Youchewpoop is difficult. Quantcast, Alexa, and Compete all fail to return any site data.

I’m browsing the Youchewpoop forums, and I am currently the only person doing so. There are no registered users online and only one guest: me.

This makes me wonder how much of the interaction among Youtube Poopers involves disucssion and how much of it is just pure imitation.

YTP = Fail obsession?

Also, take a look at this graph
http://www.google.com/insights/search/#q=%22youtube%20poop%22%2C%22epic%20fail%22%2C&cmpt=q
It seems like there is some kind of correlation between “Youtube Poop” and “epic fail.”
I wonder if that is just a coincidence or if there is an actual relationship.

Discuss.

Aug 30, 2009 at 01:41PM EDT
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People seem to copy each other if they think their YTP video is valid to start a fad.
Almost every YTP sub fad is similar in that there’s a certain way you make the video, and people, and poopers seem to realize that right off the bat. Make one video in G major, people make more, because it’s asking for it because of the type of video it is. If it is replicable, people will replicate it.

Aug 30, 2009 at 01:51PM EDT
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http://youchewpoop.com/news/faq/ ?

newfags don’t know how to newsfaq

Aug 30, 2009 at 06:08PM EDT
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I might have spoken too soon. It looks like there is way more activity in the youchewpoop forums than when I last checked.
In total there are 64 users online :: 43 registered, 1 hidden and 20 guests (based on users active over the past 5 minutes)
Most users ever online was 343 on Tue Aug 04, 2009 12:17 pm

I need to find out how big this community is. The news faq says “With hundreds of users, many of which come to the forum everyday, we are a massive community,”

Hundreds? Is it only a few hundred people that are responsible for all of Youtube Poop? Or is YouChewPoop only a sliver of the full YTP community?

Aug 30, 2009 at 06:20PM EDT
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7882 members on the YouChewPoop forums. I wonder if there are other communities creating Youtube Poop outside of what gets planned on YouChewPoop.

Aug 30, 2009 at 06:42PM EDT
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Wow you guys totally lost me.

Aug 30, 2009 at 06:46PM EDT

ok thanks now i get it.

Aug 30, 2009 at 07:00PM EDT

Okay, the Chew Wiki is really a great resource.
http://www.pooparchive.com/wiki/index.php/Poopisms

After studying this we’ll be able to more accurately describe Youtube Poops.

Aug 30, 2009 at 07:00PM EDT
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YES! YES!

Aug 30, 2009 at 07:03PM EDT

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBE9Ve__uWs

Messed it up the first time.

Aug 30, 2009 at 07:10PM EDT
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the URl contains a corrupted ID

Aug 30, 2009 at 07:11PM EDT

FAIL

Aug 30, 2009 at 07:17PM EDT

Maybe we should add “Dinner Blaster” to the database.

Aug 30, 2009 at 07:22PM EDT
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no its just one vid

Aug 30, 2009 at 08:33PM EDT

ok sorry im wrong. I added a little more info to the F**king X entry.

Aug 30, 2009 at 10:48PM EDT

There seems to be this common misconception that Youtube Poop imitation happens automatically. But this isn’t the case. One cannot simply create a new and unique piece of Youtube Poop and expect it to spawn derivatives of its own accord.

Consider how Youtube Pooper Stegblob started the “Pingas” trend.

The trend of using Dr. Robotnik in a YTP was already well established prior to Stegblob, but he chose to create his YTP’s in a manner that conformed to that trend. He created 10 different YTP videos over the course of a month before creating his “Robotnik has a Viagra overdose” video, the first to contain “Pingas.” By first creating these videos, and participating heavily within the various YTP community forums, Stegblob was able to raise his visibility and therefore become influential.

We already understand that a YTP meme replicates easily because the format/style is generally easy for anyone with Windows Movie Maker (or other entry-level editing software) to reproduce. There is generally nothing particularly impressive, awe-inspiring, or attention-grabbing that I can see (my own observation, please correct me if you see something I don’t). But I think the main replicating factor of this type of meme has more to do with the influence of the meme’s host (anyone who chooses to create a derivative.) Exposure to the meme is directly connected to the existing audience/channel subscribers.

The next important thing to consider is the fact that the influence that any Youtube Pooper holds is dependent upon their participation in the Youtube Poop community which is built upon participatory culture. There are others who have been creating mashup/remix videos in a number of styles that become viral, but that do not start memes.

Consider Wreck and Salvage. Watch this video. This is a highly-skilled remix video of Fox News’ Glenn Beck.
http://wreckandsalvage.com/pure-salvage/glenn-beck-beats/

Wreck and Salvage has a larger audience than many Youtube poopers, but this audience doesn’t focus on the notion of creating a fad. People who watch Wreck and Salvage videos do so because they seem to enjoy the apparent skill and talent of the production. It’s also worth noting that Wreck and Salvage is more popular on Vimeo than it is on Youtube. I would suspect that the videos appeal to a production-oriented and quality-oriented audience that have few similarities to the YTP community.

So in order to describe why a particular YTP meme was able to successfully replicate, we must ALWAYS consider WHO started the trend. I would venture to say that there was never a YTP trend started by someone who had not already built up a certain level of influence within the TYP community.

Aug 31, 2009 at 12:42PM EDT
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“So in order to describe why a particular YTP meme was able to successfully replicate, we must ALWAYS consider WHO started the trend. I would venture to say that there was never a YTP trend started by someone who had not already built up a certain level of influence within the TYP community.”

True, I’ve noticed the only exception i’ve seen was with Dinner Blaster, which was one of CraaazyCat13’s first videos.

Aug 31, 2009 at 04:05PM EDT
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“So in order to describe why a particular YTP meme was able to successfully replicate, we must ALWAYS consider WHO started the trend. I would venture to say that there was never a YTP trend started by someone who had not already built up a certain level of influence within the TYP community.”

More data:

We joined the YTP community about a year ago just to see what it was about, learn more about what and why people remix. Posted this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUGah9lBAgA which was then mimicked by a more seasoned member, Erarg, who gave it a title “Hotel Mario with a layer added every second.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZttcfCZ5aUQ

This quickly became a fad within YTP because of his standing, a better title that describes how to make the video (our version syncs beats from the song which I guess work out to one second), and the fact that it was easily replicated. The fad even spawned another user to use this technique to create another version using “Never Gonna Give You Up” source footage without knowledge of our original. Despite this his version has more views because of his greater involvement within the community.

Poopers, including the first user to mimic our video, Erarg, who know we created the first video have always given credit to us for being the source of the fad. But the I would credit the fad itself to Erarg http://www.youtube.com/user/Erarg for all of the reasons mentioned. Without him it would just exist quietly as most of our work does on YouTube.

I found how the video spread all pretty interesting.

Sep 15, 2009 at 12:36PM EDT
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