Something interesting is happening. A few days ago, I noticed an uptick in the comments I received on YouTube. The weird beard video was bringing in more views than usual, and, judging from the comments, many of them were due to YouTube’s internal recommendations: someone would be watching something, and then the system would automatically recommend my video to them.
This wasn’t completely new. I had noticed these spikes in activity due to YouTube’s recommendation system before, usually about once or twice a year. Only this time the effect was much bigger: over the last few days, the video has raked in more than 4 million views.
We are now at over 30.000.000:
Luckily, the comments I am receiving seem to suggest that most viewers are happy with the video. There are many questions: do I look like Bob Ross? Yes. Do I look like Marv from Home Alone? Yes. What happened when the caption said -heartbreak-? Life happened. etc. etc.
Rewatching the video, I am again struck by what I remember to be the happiest moment of my walk through China – my afternoon with the little friends:
I wonder where they are now. It’s been more than ten years, and they must be adult or approaching adulthood. I hope life has been as kind to them as they were kind to me.
Here’s to them, the little friends, an virtual hug from space.