Avril Lavigne’s video for “Girlfriend” is currently YouTube’s all-time No. 2 clip, having been viewed some 88,739,107 (and counting) times; it’s playing second fiddle by some million views to the “inspirational comedian” Judson Laipply’s “Evolution Of Dance,” a clip that jerks the “OMG, remember this?!?!” chain harder than Girl Talk and is even less enjoyable to experience than Gregg Gillis’ most recent nostalgia trip. (How many people have actually sat through its entire six minutes? Surely it has to be a fraction of the 89 million-plus views it’s garnered.) Well, now that Avril Lavigne’s fanbase is home from school for the summer, its members have started a campaign to oust “Evolution Of Dance” from the top spot–and they’re not above engaging in some HTML trickery to get the result they so desperately need.
Girlfriend currently has 88,068,719 views and the #1 video Evolution of Dance has 89,046,834 views. Which means we’re just until 1 million views away from taking #1 and 12 million views from hitting the 100,000,000 mark. So what we’re attempting won’t be easy but…. Bahh who am I kidding? Of course it will be easy because we have a secret weapon
Check out http://www.avrilbandaids.com/youtubeviewer.html – This page has been specially designed to kick some serious YouTube butt.
Every 15 seconds this page will automaticallly refresh adding 1 view to Girlfriend’s YouTube total each time it does. Keep this page open while you browse the internet, study for exams, or even sleep. For extra viewing power, open up two or more browser windows at this page!
The views will start to add up faster than you can even imagine. If we had 86 people keeping two windows open for 10 days straight, we would already be at 10,000,000 views.
The official, Sony BMG-posted version of the clip on YouTube has embedding disabled, so how exactly are the kids upping Avril’s view count? By putting the video’s YouTube page in a frame that’s set to auto-reload. (In the time it took me to type those two sentences, the damn thing reloaded five times.) I mean, I’m all for dethroning the chronically dumb “Evolution Of Dance” from the top spot, but really, is allowing the next generation to manipulate HTML in order to get the result they want a healthy thing? Have the political events of the recent past really soured the concepts of “democracy” and “honesty” that much? As if I didn’t have enough reason to fear for the future these days.