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Date
Genre
Media
Effect
Tactic
09/30/08
Fauxtography
Youtube Video
Avril Lavigne - Girlfriend
Inflated Viewership
According to ReadWriteWeb, Avril Lavigne fans gamed the system, attracting additional views through deception and controversy. The discrepancy exists in the ratio of Youtube views to add to favorites. An artificially inflated video like Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend" is the 16th added favorite video on the chart, while Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" is the 9th added favourite on YouTube of all time.
GoldenFiddle.com reported that a special web page was designed to ramp up the number of Youtube views. Every 15 seconds this page would automatically refresh adding 1 view to Girlfriend’s YouTube total each time it does. Fans were encouraged to keep this page open while they browsed the internet, study for exams, or even sleep. For extra viewing power, they could even open up two or more browser windows at this page! It was estimated that if they had 86 people keeping two windows open for 10 days straight, they would be at 10,000,000 views... which they already exceeded. As the most viewed Youtube video, it also had front page presence, which attracted the general public viewing as well. The special viewer page is located at http://www.avrilbandaids.com/youtubeviewer.html