I had an idea of the meaning of “going viral,” but wanted to get an explanation. In today’s age of technology, it’s important to know these things, so who better to ask than Siri.
She led me to a number of definitions, and I’ll boil it down to this: It’s the sharing of something on social media that gets re-shared multiple times. I think I knew that, but what constitutes it being called viral was where I needed understanding. I learned that it’s all relative. For some, it would take thousands or even hundreds of thousands to be considered viral. For others, it could take a mere 100, or 50, or anything that’s above your average. This is nice, because you don’t have to compare yourself to anyone else (we shouldn’t do this anyway) to have a viral experience.
I can now say, with confidence, that this card has gone viral. I found this picture stored in a cloud (crazy-huh?) dated July 6, 2016. I posted it on Pinterest a year ago, attracting 3,000 pins, and it’s still being re-pinned today. I’m not saying this to brag, but rather as a curiosity. I mean, it’s an okay card, but not the one I would have chosen to “go viral.”
That’s the other thing about “going viral,” you can’t predict it or determine it.
In the end, it’s all about sharing. I’m grateful for the technology that enables us to do this so easily. And, I’m even more grateful for those who enjoy what I have to share. May we all have a viral experience today!