Sunday, January 29, 2012

Evaporating Water in -30C in Yellowknife, NWT

I'm sure by now you've probably seen this video either on You Tube, the news, a blog or elsewhere. This is me in the video and my Aussie friend Kristen is behind the lens.

Here's the story: It was January 10, 2010 I had my friend Kristen and her friend Sommer visit me in Yellowknife over New Years. I had heard about this trick from a friend of mine, so I wanted to try it out and get it on film so my friends could share the phenomenon with their friends back home. Their reaction was priceless and the video turned out great.

We thought nothing of this video for the first year. It wasn't until 2011 when we started to take notice on the increasing number of views it was receiving. First it climbed up to 400,000 in a matter of days, it hit one million views within a week and has been steadily climbing since. This video has been on CBC, CNN, BBC and other national and international networks.

It was the bunt of a few jokes for Ray William Johnson, a popular YouTube comedian and has been replicated over 40 times on my channel since this trick went viral.

In the last week: Overall, this video has over 6.5 million views on YouTube, but in the last week (January 22-28) it has been viewed 70,382 times. Right now, the video is most popular in Japan, Russia, India, Ukraine and United States.

It's winter again and temperatures are sitting at about -40C in Yellowknife. This video might hit 10 million views by the end of 2012, here's hoping!

Oh, and if you are wondering if we are making a bit of money on this video, the answer is yes. When viewers click on the ads in the video, or on the page we get a certain amount, depending on the popularity of the video at that time. I recommend linking your videos to Google Adsense just in case you are the next big thing, you never know!

Here's another video of mine that is on the rise with 602,825 views:

1 comment:

  1. That water trick is very cool! I'm going to have to try that if we get that cold again this winter!