I’ve been thinking a lot about comments this week (not that the ListeNerd gets many of them), and though I don’t have anything intelligent to say, I have been gathering observations.
I noted earlier today that Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” video has received over 133,000 comments on YouTube. This afternoon, I found out that the video is the most discussed in YT history (by not that great a margin, it leads by fewer than 2,000 comments!). Also, earlier this week I linked to a post RE: distributed content that contained a theoretical musing on the nature of and proper place for blog comments on A VC.
I’m not typically one to make blog comments. Once in a while I will anonymously flame a fellow blogger (usually this engenders both great shame and great satisfaction). Sometimes, I will lord my keyboard quickness over fellow prospective commenters with a lightning-fast “First.”
But furreals, once there are two pages of comments, I don’t see much point in adding my two cents. In fact, anything beyond a few dozen comments and it feels like any interactivity or discussion will be lost.
So what compels someone to write comment #133,858 on Avril’s “Girlfriend”? (The comment was, for the record, “she’s awesome” — which is actually – according to my wholly unscientific opinionating – in the top quintile of intelligence not only for Avril Lavigne comments in particular, but for all YouTube comments.) [Yes, I realize that comment spam is a major reason for the sheer volume here, but that doesn’t much change the motivations of the person adding comment #123,000.]
Lastly, I have this video from Baris Akarsu, a Turkish musician, and the artist behind the video with the 4th-most YouTube comments ever. Most of them are in Turkish, though it appears that many of them are simply the words “BARIS AKARSU forever.”
BARIS AKARSU forever.