Response Video: Oli White – Viral Begets Viral

My family and I have seen some of the response videos made on YouTube over the last two weeks, and still have hundreds yet to see. Some we really support and others, well, not so much, but I wanted to take a few minutes to thank the guy who made this video.

Just like I didn’t anticipate my video going viral, I don’t imagine Oli imagined his response video possibly being the catalyst for hundreds and hundreds of Chuck Norris jokes either.  I don’t know this guy, have never met him, and know nothing about him except what I’ve seen on his YouTube video, but I wanted to take a minute to thank him.

Oliver,

While I can’t tell from the video (shown below) if you were serious in your response or just made it as an off-the-cuff response to my own video, I can honestly say that nothing anyone has said or posted has made us smile like yours did. The topic was a serious one, but your reaction it was truly gut-busting funny. I’ve seen a lot of other videos I really didn’t enjoy at all, but yours is the only one I’ve watched again and again.

In case you’re wanting to know, here are our favorite parts. You’ll have to bear with our American sense of humor over here because half of the humor comes from your cultural spin on it. It’s just hilarious!

  • “So, seriously, if you’re gonna do something like that, make sure your dad doesn’t work in IT because will find out… he will definitely definitely find out.” (You don’t know it of course, but we already had that same argument in our house the LAST time she did something similar, so it was especially poignant to us, but your facial expression and diction just make it hilarious)
  • “Crafting, making it as good as possible…” You make it sound like I built the computer with my own two hands out of clay or something. lol
  • “If you want to make a cup of tea, go and do it yourself.”
    THAT one had me rolling! Of course I was originally talking about coffee, but I guess you just said Tea because it’s something you relate to. Its especially funny to us because my step-mother is French-Canadian and I can hear her saying the exact same words you used in her British-accented-English.
  •  “Because if I did say that, I would get a massive smack ’round the head.” Again.. just such a polite and humorous way of stating it. But I’m glad your parents would smack you round-the-head for it! 
  •  “Bang, you got a gun to your laptop. See you later.” I have no idea why but that part has me in stitches laughing every time I see it. 
  • ” I don’t think that laptop is even going to…. (pause)… turn on.”
    Did you get stuck on that one for a second? lol. Of course it won’t turn on, but you seemed to get hung up for a second there as if you didn’t know how to end that particular sentence.  
  • “I mean, is this guy Chuck Norris? Because to me.. he looks like Chuck Norris.”
    Ok, so I look nothing like Chuck Norris, but your comment was probably the single catalyst for all the Chuck Norris jokes that started permeating the web. I saw some of them, but wasn’t able to really see them all before they were pulled down or lost in the mix.  
Kudo’s from us for managing to remain polite, funny, and poignant, all at the same time.
Update:
I actually talked to Oli on the phone the day I originally wrote this (about a week ago). We connected via Facebook and then got to chat via skype for a bit. Again, I don’t really know a lot about Oli, but he seems like a genuine nice guy. He’s 17 years old and finished high-school early and is already on into college, which to me says a lot about drive and determination.
I asked him if he wanted to share anything with the viewers when I wrote this article and he was glad to. He’s was excited to get the chance to speak to those who saw his video. I felt bad actually; it was 8 PM my time when we chatted, so it was about 1 AM his time and he had class the next morning. (Oli, I hope you weren’t dragging through classes the next day!) Anyway, here is what Oli White had to say about his post:

Hello my name is Oli White.  I’m 17 years old and make video’s on YouTube because I love to entertain and bring a smile to people’s faces. February the 8th was a big day for me as well as for Tommy Jordan. Before Tommy’s Facebook parenting video went viral, I saw it and thought that it would be a cool video to talk about.

I had no intention for it to get half a million views.  All I wanted was to see what other people thought about the video. I made the video at about 2 in the morning and everything just came off the top of my head. Because I was one of the first to respond, Tommy luckily saw it and said he really enjoyed it. He ended up posting it on his Facebook which was really unexpected and got me thousands of views. The following morning i checked the video and had received over 100,000 views in a night.

Now that might not mean something to you but for someone who dreams of making a career on YouTube the feeling was just incredible. I was over the moon with happiness. Two weeks later and my video is at nearly half a million views. I was number 1 most discussed and liked on YouTube for that day, I had gained over 1,000 subscribers on YouTube and about 500 subscribers on my Facebook, they even featured me on the homepage which was incredible.

Now many people think I made the video to earn some money, the thing is I haven’t made anything from my YouTube at all because of Google banning my Adsense account. After the video went viral I got contacted by a company offering partnership. I couldn’t of done any of this without Tommy. He has helped me out so much by getting my channel name out there and I really appreciate everything he has done for me. Such an amazing down to earth guy.


The infamous title screen

(Editors Note: I didn’t pay him for those compliments, but they’re nice to read anyway!)
After talking to Oli on Skype, I had the chance to really see what a viral user can do for another. It’s really kind of crazy when you think about it.

All I did was say “Hey, I really like your stuff. You made my family laugh at a time when we really needed it. I’ll be sure to put a post on Facebook and tell people to check you out because I know you’re hoping one day to do this as a career and I think you’d be good at it.”

So, I did as I promised, and his Facebook page went crazy!  When I found his link, he had about 720 followers. Within 24 hours it had almost doubled! It just amazed me to see it, and poor Oli: he’s still flipping his lid over there in London. lol.

Disclaimer: I’ve seen more of his videos now and a few of them (two I think) have the extremely rare occasional bad word. I got yelled at by a few Facebook followers for promoting that. I wasn’t promoting THAT. I was promoting his single video, but most of them truly are funny to watch and it’s interesting for me to see the random things he can make people laugh about. So, take my warning with a grain of salt and check him out. Besides, someone has already called me out on a video on my own YouTube wall from about six years ago that I didn’t even take. I was just uploading it for a friend. In the video, I was momentarily dumbstruck at my friend’s new rifle and I dropped a word I shouldn’t have. So, I know how it feels to get yelled at for ancient history. My thoughts on it are: forget it and just be careful with what you do from now on.

However, that just drives home the point I’ve been making again and again to my family. Even a stupid moment in time from half a decade ago that was ONLY meant for a few friends… can haunt you forever. So, think REAL carefully what you post guys and gals. ANYTHING can be fair game years down the road.

In the meantime, I’m going to do as I promised and share the ways you can follow Oli through his various homes on the web.

YouTube http://www.youtube.com/OliWhiteTV
Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/OliWhiteTV
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/OliverWhitex

Until next time…

Have a good day y’all


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