Social Media Matters: Maritime baby announcement video goes viral

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, Jan. 25, 2013
Metro section

Maritime baby announcement video goes viral

Nova Scotia grandmother-to-be Shirley Brown is the unintentional star of her own viral video on YouTube.

This past Christmas, her daughter Jocelyn (the mother-to-be) recorded Shirley opening her gift. The plan was to get her to open four lettered wooden blocks to spell B-A-B-Y. Well, grandmothers have pretty good intuition about these things, I guess!

The minute Shirley opened the first block (a “B”), her jaw dropped open and she tossed the block in the air, screaming, “We’re having a baby! Are we having a baby?” Upon confirmation, more screaming and then tears… lots of them!

The video was uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, Jan. 17, and went viral, so far accumulating more than 135,000 views (as of Jan. 22.). In fact, the video was featured on CTV News, CTV’s Canada AM and even NBC’s Today Show.

New Brunswick-created photography iPad app now available

Photography Assignment GeneratorIn my Nov. 9, 2012, column, I told you about photographer and educator Noel Chenier’s new Photography Assignment Generator App for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

Good news for iPad fans, Noel announced on Jan. 13 that the iPad version of the app has been released under the title Photography Assignment Generator App for iPad. The app costs $2.99 and is available on iTunes. For more information, visit Noel’s website at learnphoto.ca. Oh, and Android fans shouldn’t fret because versions of the apps for them are currently under development.

It’s great to see New Brunswickers designing apps for the rest of the world!

Train buffs will love these websites

Start planning for spring: Every week, I take a look at the top 10 sites in categories among Alexa.com’s website rankings. Moncton has a long railroad history, so I imagine there are many train fans around the area. This week’s rankings, therefore, have to do with trains! Statistics are current to Jan. 22.

Top 10 train and railroad websites: 1) Train Orders (railroad fan site featuring discussion forums, multimedia clips, etc.); 2) Railpictures.net (historical and modern railroad photos, discussion forums, etc.); 3) Railroad Picture Archives (large collection of railroad photos from around the world); 4) Railroad.net (forums, articles, etc., for rail fans); 5) TrainBoard (rail fan message forums, photos, store, etc.); 6) The American Railroads (resource guide covering the American railroad industry); 7) Rail-Videos.net (online railroad video database); 8) Amtrak Unlimited (unofficial information, photos and news related to Amtrak); 9) Discover Live Steam (live steam and diesel model railroading); 10) The Corris Railway Society (according to its description on Alexa.com, “Official site of the Corris Railway Society giving the history, current position and future aspirations of a Narrow Gauge Steam Railway that last saw passenger carrying services on Aug. 20, 1948.”

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Every week, I feature YouTube channels for you to check out. Statistics are current to Jan. 22. Have a favourite YouTube channel? Let me know and I may feature it here.

1) Cello, Improv, Covers and more! (897 subscribers): This is a great YouTube channel hosted by 18-year-old Jaeyoung Chong of Riverview. A Grade 12 student at Bernice MacNaughton High School, he creates videos featuring himself playing the cello in pieces ranging from covers, improvisations and even original compositions. With nearly 150,000 total video views, people are definitely watching! Thanks for letting me know you had a channel, Jaeyoung! I really enjoy featuring local YouTubers. (Most popular video: Rolling in The Deep (JaeChongcover) — Adele — 62,389 views.)

2) UKSupremeCourt (229 subscribers): It’s pretty difficult to find televised Canadian court proceedings, but the UK Supreme Court is allowing access with its recently established YouTube channel. “The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal in the UK for civil cases, and for criminal cases from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It hears cases of the greatest public or constitutional importance,” the channel states in its description. Bizarrely, though, the channel allows embedding of its videos and shows public links but then posts the following warning, “All footage is ©UK Supreme Court and may not be recorded, published or redistributed without permission.” With all due respect, the Court needs realize that if you allow video embedding and linking, policing that “warning” will be pretty much impossible. It’s YouTube. It’s public. Either deal with it or reconsider even being on YouTube! (Most popular video: UK Supreme Court Judgments 19th December 2012 – Part 1 — 93 views.) (Editor’s note: Out of respect for the copyright notice, I’ll simply link to the video rather than embed it, however it’s a completely ridiculous “warning”, in my opinion.)

3) Kipkays Hacks, Pranks & How-to (1,224,543 subscribers): Also known as Kip Kedersha, Kipkay’s channel is true to its title and features hacks, pranks and how-to videos. The channel is very popular and has more than 380 million total views. Impressive! Playlists include Easy Projects, Smokin’ Videos, Home Security Gadgets, Hacks and Mods, Pranks and Jokes, Battery Hacks, and Laser Videos. (Most popular video: Amazing Lasers! – Cheapy Lighter Laser Burner! — 20,778,690.)

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