Introducing the Least Viral Videos on the Internet

Monday, July 21, 2014 - 04:00 AM

Petit Tube Petit Tube shows the least-viewed videos on YouTube

The internet runs on an attention economy. Those with the most views, clicks, retweets, likes, and friends win. That's why Petit Tube is so wonderful: it presents only the least-viewed videos on YouTube. It's a bare-bones site, streaming video after video (1:30 long tops), with two buttons: "cette vidéo est bien? and "cette vidéo n'est pas bien?" Thumbs up or thumbs down.

To say Petit Tube curates videos is probably an overstatement. Real estate tours with corny music aren't popular for a reason. But even they have their charm, and you'll also find the occasional gem of found poetry. Like this one, the drum intro to a country-and-western band's performance at a dance competition in Whitehouse, Texas:

Or this Chinese youth orchestra playing "Scarborough Fair":

Or these young people wearing fake goatees while crab-walking:

Or the Webdriver experiments, which look like Mondrian-inspired test patterns:

It isn't clear where Petit Tube came from or who made it, but it's a delightful reminder of the early, weird Web of the 1990s, when the bizarre, amateurish, and unseen dominated, before we all wised up and started presenting the slickest, safest version of ourselves to the online world. With 100 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, Petit Tube will not run out of material anytime soon.

via Dazed

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Maeve from Brooklyn, NY

this is kind of genius... sure there are plenty of video game "replays" and car/real estate listings but then there's the occasional video of a toddler at a mexican birthday party with a clown sadly hitting a pinata for a minute and a half, not smiling once... or this, whatever this is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jyxqzT13giE

tip: you can just press refresh at the top of the page if the thumbs up / down links don't advance the video.

Jul. 22 2014 08:09 AM

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