I’ve recently hit on the magic formula! And because you’re probably slightly distrustful of me and thinking the title of this post is “click-bait,” (so it will go viral itself!) I plan to share everything I’m doing with you as well.
But first an observation. George Orwell was mistaken. He said we’d all be terrified that our every move would be watched and listened to — that our privacy would be seriously invaded. Wrong! We’re actually upset that the world isn’t paying more attention to us. We want to be sought after online (even stalked) and we want our words to go viral!
After much research on how to orchestrate it, here are my top 5 tips:
5. When you see something go viral, duplicate it, but with an unexpected twist.
- Just recently a Target cashier kept a diary of the odd customers he came into contact with on a daily basis. I shop at Target on a daily basis, so I’ll keep a diary of all the cashiers (who look at me oddly when I ask if they sell 8-track tapes or answering machines) that I come into contact with.
- A lady put on a Star Wars face mask (I don’t know which character because I’ve never seen Star Wars) and laughed. I will put on an Anti-Aging Facial Mask and cry.
- A teen marveled at his friend’s outfits and kept exclaiming, “Damn, Daniel,” he’s especially incredulous at a pair of white Vans. I’ll say “Darn, Darlene! Back at it again with those Michael Kors purses!” to my friend with a handbag fetish.
- A question about a photo of a dress (is it blue/black or white/gold?) baffled everyone. A photo of my kitchen (see above) baffles no one. But it will still take off because of the stuffed dog that looks real.
4. Nostalgia is inherently popular. People love to reminisce about their past. Therefore the headshot with my Farrah Fawcett hairstyle (taken Aug, 2016) will do the trick every time.
3. Evoke a Strong Emotion! Examples of posts that will elicit the 5 recommended emotions.
- SHOCK/SURPRISE – “Snopes verified! Woman with Farrah Fawcett Hairstyle who uses “Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific” shampoo, owns pet rocks, quotes The Fonze, and disco dances to Donna Summer, refuses to see the original Star Wars movie!”
- ANGER – Start a rumor that the last of the Tab and Freska cans are being pulled from the shelves.
- FEAR – Twinkies are being discontinued too. For real this time.
- SADNESS – All online kittens are confirmed stuffed, plush toys.
- TRUST – Obviously, just write anything that begins with “Trust Trump . . . “ Never mind, I misread that one. The emotion we’re supposed to elicit is LUST. Back with some racy porn headlines soon!
2. Turn everything into some kind of a list. Nobody gets turned on by long, hard paragraphs that are difficult to penetrate. (Hey, that kinda sounds like a good porno headline!) So always write Top 10’s or pros/cons, multiple choices, or compare and contrast things, i.e. “10 Ways a Marriage is Similar to a Divorce,” etc.
The point is make sure there’s lots of sterile white space everywhere so you trick people into believing they’re not really reading, but are instead lounging around in a hospital.
And now my top tip for becoming viral
1. Respecting Your Privacy. When you write something and post it or send it out, be sure and issue this disclaimer: “This is for your eyes only. I’ll absolutely die of embarrassment if this gets out. Thank you!”
Being a hypochondriac, when I first heard the word “viral,” I thought “OMG! I better take Echinacea and vitamin C.” Now that I know how much fun it is, I want to try and go Bacterial next!
Good luck to us all! (And please don’t even think of sharing this with anyone. This is an exclusive for Little Miss Menopause’s followers only!)
PS. If none of this works for you, then there was a typo in my subject title, and it was supposed to say, “Vital” and not “Viral.” Sorry!
Have you ever gone viral? Did life change? Do you have a REAL tip for going viral?