Beware, our viral videos are hilarious!

What is a viral video?

  • A viral video is a video that becomes popular through the process of Internet sharing on social media.

Why viral videos are important?

  • Simply because of their million or billion of views. How many of them have you seen?

  • Social validity: they have been having a profound impact on many aspects of society, such as politics and financial marketing.

About CMU Viral Videos?

  • By far the largest public viral video dataset collected at Carnegie Mellon University. [download]

  • Videos are manually selected by experts including editors from YouTube, Time Magazine, etc.

  • The following information is provided for each video.

How to design a viral video?

  • Well, there is no single answer, but you may find this page instrumental.


Lu Jiang, Yajie Miao, Yi Yang, ZhenZhong Lan, Alexander Hauptmann. Viral Video Style: A Closer Look at Viral Videos on YouTube. In ACM International Conference on Multimedia Retrieval (ICMR). Glasgow, United Kingdom. 2014.

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