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Go Viral

Go viral

The English expression to go viral means to become very popular in a very short time and is typically used to describe youtube videos, tweets, blog posts, songs, advertising campaigns, etc... that spread very, very quickly - like viruses - on the internet. Look at these headlines from the past few days to see examples of things that have gone viral on the internet:

Wheelchair bungee jump goes viral
- ctv.ca, 30 March 2012, CTVNews.ca Staff
Fake Will Smith tweet about Trayvon Martin, Kim Kardashian goes viral
- todayentertainment.today.msnbc.msn.com, 27 March 2012, Andy Lewis
Justin Bieber’s Boyfriend Goes Viral
- au.ibtimes.com, 26 March 2012, Diadem Pambid

These articles refer to a video, a tweet and a song that
have gone viral, i.e. have become extremely popular, on the internet recently. Let’s have a look at the video that is referred to in the first headline - the one of a young woman in a wheelchair bungee jumping:

Can you think of some other examples of youtube videos, songs or advertising campaigns that have gone viral?

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