The video is entitled "Rhian Ramos Mo Twister Singapore Hotel Room Scandal"
I made this to test a few things:
-- how popular the Mo Twister - Rhian Ramos Abortion scandal video is
-- how "curious" YouTube viewers are when they see the video's title and thumbnail
-- how effective YouTube's video tagging and recommendation system is
-- how Filipinos will respond to being trolled or more specifically, being Rick Roll'd
The video was uploaded on December 8, 2011 which is just a few days after Mo Twister's alleged "repaired" video confession surfaced. Since that video has already gone viral, there is no point in just duplicating it. I wanted something that the people has supposedly never seen before but will interest them just as much at the video confession would, maybe more. And what other words peaks people's interest more than "scandal"? So I threw something together using good, old Windows Movie Maker.
It worked as expected, but not as well as I thought considering the original "video confessions" had millions of views in a few days and duplicates are in the hundres of thousands. I had a good thumbnail, a good title and good tags. My only fault that I can think of is the video description. My video description did not have enough text, I think.
I'm a little disappointed that my video is not showing up prominently on the "recommended videos" section of the viral confessions videos. I was happily surprised that it is appearing on daily "top viewed" lists somewhere on YouTube basing on the comments.
Analytics show me that the views are at around 53k within five days of uploading the video. Don't pay attention to the in-page view count, it's stuck at 17,591 for the last couple of days. It's pretty normal I guess. What's weird is the other demographic data I found:
Yes, more women viewed the video. That's weird considering it's supposed to be a young actress's scandal.
What I also don't understand is why my other uploaded videos (which has NOTHING to do with the whole Rhian-Mo issue) is appearing on the recommended video section of the viral confession video.
And as it turns out, a lot of Filipinos are not aware of being Trolled or being Rick Roll'd. And thusly, they don't see the humor in the idea. The video has overwhelmingly more dislikes than likes. Which either means a) Filipinos don't know what being Rick Roll'd is and they think that they were just plain tricked by the video or b) they do what being Rick Roll'd is and they just don't like it.
In any case, it's good to know that YouTube SEO and video tagging system works. And that Filipinos are not ready to be Trolled.
UPDATE : I found this: Rhian Ramos and Mo Twister Video Goes Viral