First Ever Viral Video

Ever wondered what the first ever viral video was?


Well I’m going to tell you anyway.

It did NOT go viral on Youtube (although I’m usingĀ  youtube to show the video below, just easier)

In fact, it predates both Youtube AND Google.

It was published in 1996 and was spread entirely through email.

Comment here if you remember this thing.

And click play at your own risk!


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The craziest part of all is that if you look at the videos that have theĀ  most views of ALL TIME, we haven’t advanced that much since 1996.

There is a lesson here, folks, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to get viral video traffic.

But you do need to know a few simple things, which I teach in my Youtube course:


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6 Responses

  1. Chad, I think for a 1st time video that is not bad. Just goes to show where you can get to if you use your imagination in creating something.


    ANSWER FROM CHAD: Yea its not bad, actually a lot of work went into that video, just kinda creepy, right?

    Jo at 8:02 am
  2. Not bad, though don’t understand the mixture of African music and english advertisement. But seriously I never though about the 1st viral video on the net. Good shame Chad

    jatin at 11:23 pm
  3. Hello Chad, hey what a nice lesson to learn… Video advertising is one of the best things on the market thanks ;-)

    Massimo DAmico at 10:08 am
  4. Chad –
    Was’nt that you before you hit puberty?
    Amazing what a little and a few years will do for a guy

    Danzig at 11:24 am
  5. On a more serious note

    I have your UT-CC
    Is there a upgrade or does one buy new

    ANSWER FROM CHAD: shoot me an email at

    Danzig at 11:28 am
  6. Chad, I don’t know it was the 1st viral video or not but YES I did watch it years ago

    Robbin at 8:49 pm

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