BuzzFeed Weekly Viral Forecast: July 11th, 2011
David Beckham's Spectacular Goal, Bachmann Is Due For A Gaffe, and Is Planking Racist? I've got all the viral news, plus predictions for the week of July 11th!
News Of The World Reporters Allegedly Hacked Phones Of 9/11 Victims
Last week's news that News Of The World reporters hacked the mobile phone of murdered teenager Milly Dowler brought the Newscorp owned paper to it's demise. Things got worse for Rupert Murdoch as allegations came forth that
the phones of 9/11 victims had also been hacked.
16 lb Baby Born In Texas Could Be State's Largest
16 lb 1 oz JaMichael Brown, born Saturday, may be the biggest baby born in the state of Texas.
Paul Allen Estimates 4.5 Million People Already on Google+
Investor and philanthropist Paul Allen estimates Google+ membership has already exceeded 4.5 million users. As Allen stated in his post over the weekend, he will have updated figures out some time this morning.
Casey Anthony Refuses Visit From Mother
Although the trial is over, don't expect Casey Anthony buzz to go away just yet. The news over the weekend is that Ms. Anthony is refusing visits from her mother Cindy after her mother testified against her.
Victoria Beckham Gives Birth To Baby Girl
David Beckham Scores Corner Goal
One of the most shared videos of the weekend was of this spectacular corner goal scored by David Beckham for the LA Galaxy against the Chicago Fire. IWhether it's because of Beckham's presence stateside, the frustration of the NFL lockout, or the USA Women's amazing win over Brazil Americans interest in soccer is way up, and it's not even a World Cup year.
Transformers Is Highest Grossing Film of 2011... So Far
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon became the highest grossing film of 2011 after bringing its total earnings up to $261 million in its second week at the box office.
Prediction: Harry Potter To Trounce Transformers In Box Office And Social Buzz
I'm predicting that Harry Potter: The Deathly Hallows Part 2 will crush Transformers both financially and in social impact next weekend. First, Harry Potter films already have an established track record of grossing higher than the Transformers movies. Secondly, Google searches for Harry Potter (shown in blue) have spiked higher than Transformers searches (shown in red) for each year in which the films were released. In short: both franchises are geeky, but Harry Potter fans are bigger nerds.
Prediction: Horrible Bosses Gifs To Go Viral On Tumblr
Although Bosses Didn't open to such high numbers as Transformers, a number of extremely shareable animated gifs have already started popping up on Tumblr. This is just a hunch, but I'd expect to see many more of these as more people see the movie.
Prediction: Michelle Bachmann Due For A Story
Michelle Bachmann's bizarre, homophobic, anti-Islamic marriage vow gained a small chunk of viral traffic in the last week, but that traffic paled in comparison to her now infamous John Wayne Gacy gaffe. If Bachmann is to keep up the steady rhythm of biweekly spikes she'll need to make a statement addressing her stance on the marriage issue and give the people something more to talk about, or fade into ill-advised dingbat limbo.
Prediction: Nyan Cat Isn't Going Anywhere
Three months into the lifespan of this bizarre, candy-coated bit of Internet weirdness and it's showing no signs of losing momentum. I'm predicting that it will gain more mainstream recognition on television before it even begins to lose steam.
Tip: Planking's Supposed Racist Connotations Challenged
Late last week, rapper Xzibit claimed that internet craze Planking is racist and has its origins in the way slaves were stacked inside ships. Many, already familiar with Planking's actual origin as The Lying Down Game from northern England are calling out the fallacy, including former Know Your Meme host Kenyatta Cheese, who is expected to write up a blog post later today. Be on the lookout for the racial debate about planking to heat up in the days ahead.