A Surprise (Non-BTTM) Minor Hit Video!
Monday July 26th 2010, 2:44 am
Filed under: Attack Of The Internet!, Who Knows?

I have always considered my personal YouTube channel more archival than promotional.

Nevertheless, my channel has spawned a minor hit. “Baseball Revenge,” a short sketch comedy video Jason, and I made with Matt the summer before college, was featured on Yahoo! Sports over the weekend. It’s the first video from my personal YouTube channel to be viewed more than 20,000 times. For that matter, it’s also the first to be viewed more than 2,000 times.

Here is “Baseball Revenge.” It is nine years old:


This is a very mathematical YouTube graph showing video views for this video:
Baseball Revenge Views
You may not be mathematical enough to understand it. That green spike on the right is the day people viewed the video. The green line to the left of that, which runs along the bottom of the graph, represents the entirety of human history all the way back to November 19, 2008, a dark time during which no one watched the video.


I knew the video had been posted somewhere popular when I was notified that the number of comments had more than doubled:
Baseball Revenge Comments
Now there are four comments and even a (hidden) spam comment! Wow. To top it all off, none of the commenters are telling me I should get cancer and die. That’s a refreshing change.


There is a neat new feature on YouTube that, if a video has lots of views from a different website, YouTube automatically displays an “As Seen On:” title underneath the video. In this case, underneath this video, it says “As Seen On: sports.yahoo.com.”
Baseball Revenge As Seen On
Better Than The Machine doesn’t have any official YouTube “As Seen On:” links, although, I’m certain we would if the feature had been implemented way back in Twenty Ought Six.

If you’d like to check out any of the other videos in my archives that I do not believe will ever cross the 200 view threshold, let alone the 20,000 view threshold, mosey on over to my YouTube channel. Or don’t. If I’ve learned anything from this, it is that lethargy is the key to success. Write that down and look at it often, kids. Or don’t.


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Jason and Reid may have made the video, but I am pretty certain 4 people appeared… :-) Nice work Reid.

Comment by Matt 07.26.10 @ 4:37 pm

That is absolutely true! I should have mentioned the fourth man here as well. Matt Sullivan was one of the stars of this feature! And if one is to direct their attention to the YouTube page for the this short film, “Matt Sullivan” is listed as one of the stars.

Although, this could be an error, as well, but rather in understatement than in absence. Perhaps Matt Sullivan is, in fact, the star! Why, without Matt Sullivan, there would be no “everyman” perspective on the story and no access point for the audience. In fact, many film critics have called Matt Sullivan’s portrayal of “The Confused Catcher,” the glue that binds the picture together!

So, please accept my sincerest apologies, Sir Matthew. I cannot believe I was so remiss as to forgo mention of your truly heartfelt performance!


Comment by Reid 07.26.10 @ 11:18 pm

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