Thanks To Clearspring, Here Are The Top Shared Videos In 2009

Those of you not familiar with Clearspring , they are one of the leading widget network providers right in McLean, VA. Their competitor is Sharethis, not sure which one is the leader in the space though.

Clearspring is headed by another great Washingtonian entrepreneur, and good friend of mine, Homan Radfar. Their widgets connects publishers and advertisers to audiences on the social Web. Back in Sept of 2008, they acquired AddThis , the bookmarking and content sharing service on the Internet to serve over 20 billion views per month and reach more than 200 million unique visitors. Their joint venture has created the most widely used set of content sharing services on the Web.

Those of you own a blog, site, etc. I suggest you put their AddThis widget on your site. The installation is pretty easy – even my fat mamma who doesn’t speak a word of English, did it in one minute. Just kidding. The point is, it is pretty easy to set their widgets on your site.

If you are still not sure the hell I am talking about, scroll down this article till you see their widget in the bottom of my post. Try to share it with any social networking or social News site you are subscribed to see how it works.

AddThis widget has already been installed on over 550,000 Web sites, touches over 600 million people worldwide per month, is loaded over 1.3 billion times per day, and is integrated with over 230 services.

Anyway, here are the top shared videos of 2009 by AddThis widget on thousands of sites and blogs on the web. Just for clarification, not necessarily, they are the most watched online videos, but the most shared videos:

1. African thunderstorm:
This fun YouTube video features a 1980s pop classic. The rock band Toto scored their biggest hit with Africa in 1982. The song is instantly recognizable. But it has been reinvented.

2. “Suprised Kitty” Rampages Across Nation:
The “Suprised Kitty” video on this YouTube is more of an overnight sensation than that guy who plays the werewolf in New Moon.

3. Viral ‘Extreme Shepherding’ Ad Campaign Lights Up the Welsh Hills:
In this video, a group of intrepid Welsh shepherds nicknamed the Baaa-studs, come together to plumb the previously unexplored creative possibilities of their ancient craft, all in service of a viral campaign for Samsung. Though the video was admittedly “helped enormously” in postproduction, the Baaa-studs are genuine shepherds, their canvas an actual Welsh hillside, and their medium real sheep.

4. Swine Flu — One of the Most Massive Cover-ups in American History:

5. Best Wedding Entrance Ever:
Every bride looks happy on her wedding day, but this chick looks like she’s having a ball.

6. Faith the Two-Legged Dog Turns Seven This Christmas:
Seven years ago this Christmastime, a tiny puppy was born with only two fully formed hind legs to a “junkyard dog” raised to guard a flea market, reports the Associated Press. The deformed and weak puppy was being smothered by its mother when Reuben Stringfellow, 17-years old at the time, rescued the helpless newborn and brought it home, where he and his mother, Jude Stringfellow, cared for the puppy and named her Faith.

“When Reuben brought Faith to us she had three actual legs, but the left front leg was badly deformed, placed backward, upside down, and it had more toes on it than normal dog legs,” writes Jude Stringfellow on Faith’s official website. “The leg was removed when she was seven months old when it began to atrophy. People ask me if it was easy to teach Faith to walk upright… the answer is no! It was not easy, and it was not natural.”

But learn to walk Faith did — with the help of some peanut butter, encouragement and, well, faith. Since overcoming her congenital defect and learning to walk upright on her hind legs, Faith and her owner Jude have toured the country visiting injured soldiers at veterans’ hospitals.

This January, Faith will be reunited with her rescuer Reuben, who has been serving in the military, reports the Associated Press. We hope cameras will be there to capture the emotional reunion.

7. Ukrainian Has Definitely ‘Got Talent’:
Ukraine’s Got Talent’ winner Kseniya Simonova does something we’ve never seen before — drawing in the sand.
In the over eight minute long performance, she shows the struggle and devastation of the country using only the sand and ends with the message “you are always near.”

8. Man’s surprising laugh:
The Comedy Barn in Tennessee is home to a long-running variety show. One of the show’s staples is a standup comedian. For one bit, he pulls audience members onstage. But on this day, he got more than he bargained for.
One man breaks up the show. No, he’s not causing trouble. He’s just laughing. But isn’t comedy supposed to make you laugh?
Wait until you hear this guy. Even the professional can’t keep a straight face. Enjoy.

9. El Caso Mascherano – Investigación

Happy New Year!

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

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