What Was the Viral Video Chart?

Formerly the Top Site for Discovering Popular Video Content

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Some of the most interesting videos seem to pop out of nowhere and can rack up millions of views online overnight. Unruly media offered video junkies the most current viral video rankings to discover, share, and enjoy on its 'Viral Video Chart.' It was the first engine to track video shares and to rank videos by how viral they became or social buzz, rather than simply counting views.

The Viral Video Chart was the web's biggest and most comprehensive database of online video content, which was syndicated to a number of popular media sites, like Contagious Magazine, The Guardian, the IAB, TVGuide, Sky, and CurrentTV. Soon after launch, Will.i.Am referred to the Unruly Viral Video Chart as the Billboard Hot 100 of its generation.

Discovering Viral Video Content

The Viral Video Chart made it as easy to find great video content. You could apply a number of different filters to rank videos according to specific time periods or according to how people were sharing them.

  • Top 20: The site listed the top 20 viral videos for the past 24 hours. Videos were listed in chronological order from 1 to 20 and displayed as you scrolled down the page. Thumbnails and titles were also included.
  • Top 100: As an alternative to the default top 20 list, you could look at the top 100 viral videos instead, and watch less popular videos move up and down the chart over time.
  • All, Facebook or blogs: Choose to view video rankings according to Facebook sharing, blog sharing, or combined sharing filters.
  • 24 hours, 7 days, 30 days, 365 days, or all time: The chart gave you a lot of time period options for viewing their video rankings, allowing you to see the top viral videos on a daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, or all-time basis.
  • Share statistics: When you clicked on any video on the site, you would notice a sidebar displaying how many Facebook shares, Twitter tweets, and Blogger posts were made. A pie chart was shown with a percentage breakdown of which languages dominated the sharing statistics for the particular video. A line graph could also be found underneath each video displaying shares over time.

Why Was the VVC Discontinued

Since the VVC was launched in 2006, it tracked the most exciting, hilarious, and ground-breaking online videos of all time, from keyboard-playing cats to Halloween brats.

However, Unruly was acquired by NewsCorp and closed the VVC in 2015, enabling their engineers to build new products. Unruly still focuses on viral videos with services such as Unruly analytics tools and whitepapers. However, those tools and their other services are only available to paid subscribers.