Here’s our analytical overview of what went viral on social media in Sri Lanka and across the world
This week our team wrote about:
What Went Viral in Sri Lanka?
- Ravi Karunanayake’s Daughter Onella speaks about treasury bond
Onella Karunanayake, recently resigned Ravi Karunanayake’s daughter posted a letter on her Facebook account requesting the public to think before sharing negative posts, memes or comments regarding her father and family. She went to express that there are paid parties who are destroying her father’s image and to think if all of these alleged fraud activities can actually be carried out by one man. While the post did go viral, it was not because the public seemed to agree with her. The comments on the post criticize Ravi Karunanayake and his family both, while others shared their disapproval of the way Ravi Karunanayake had been handling his ministry. Yet others asked her to share her post in Sinhala so that everyone can understand it.
- Sirasa news on Ranil Wickramasinghe
Ranil Wickramasinghe in one of his addresses recently stated that Sirasa TV asked him in a letter if it is possible to give them 25 hours a day to scold him. In an unexpected response that went viral, Sirasa TV spoke of the fallbacks of the current government and especially about the hardships of the common man that the government has failed to resolve such as the plight of the rice farmer, education facilities in rural areas, water purification mechanisms in a country where roughly 70,000 ail from serious kidney disease and the likes. They also spoke of the massive loss incurred by the citizens of Sri Lanka due to the treasury bond scam.
- Elephant worships at the Temple of Tooth
A video uploaded on the Gossip Lanka Facebook page went viral last week and also sparked some controversy among the viewers. An elephant from Katharagama area, called Wasana was captured on camera while offering flowers to the Temple of Tooth Relic. While some viewers spoke of what a beautiful sight it was and also about Buddhism, many of the viewers had one question. The elephant was tied up in chains and had great difficulty moving freely, often stopping for a bit. The people questioned as to if not, the restriction of this animal who should ideally be allowed to do this freely, goes against the teachings of the Buddha.
This Week’s International Hubbub
- Stick anything with this pad
The Facebook home page of Easy Home Fix posted a video of a new product that combines a sticky surface and nano technology to hold on to anything that it has been stuck onto. With 24 million views, 106k reactions, 49,402 shares and 8.4k comments, it is safe to say that this advert was an absolute success, especially given the very positive feedback of potential users and those who had already tried it out.
- A 4-year-old Indian child recalls her previous life.
The Facebook History page shared a documentary about an Indian girl of four years who spoek of her previous birth, and had a connection to Mahatma Gandhi. The video was backed up by professionals that studied the case. The video went viral last week.
Stats of the Week
Even though the Facebook page of S B Dissanayake came among the top five pages in the above mentioned category, there is no great connection with his YouTube page which can be seen as per the stats. However, it is interesting that as we have written before, the political figures in Sri Lanka do not maintain a great channel on YouTube and many of their social media pages are not very well updated either.
S.B.Dissanayake YouTube Channel statistics are as follows:
Total Subscribers -0
Total Videos -41
Total views -166
Things you should know
- Facebook launches Watch tab of original video shows
On Thursday, Facebook, the #SocialMedia giant, launched Watch, a viewing platform for its users.
While many have questions on how it ca be used, others are also wondering if this is a YouTube replacement or an alternative to #Netflix.