Something fairly funny happened with a recent video, which was about a homophobe politician running for re-election while under the cloud of felony indictments over his first election.
YouTube collects a lot of statistics about who watches the videos, and where — after all, they’re owned by Google, which seems to crunch more data than the National Security Agency.
They even let peons like me look at some of the data, and I was looking at the list of “Where people watched this” …and was floored to see that one of the places it was seen was on that politician’s — Brent Rinehart — official campaign web site! I was boggled until I investigated to see how that could be.
I found that Rinehart had embedded a YouTube video of himself on his site giving some sort of speech. Then I realized what happened, and I started laughing — hard. When a YouTube video ends, it presents suggestions for “Related Videos”. One that YouTube considered “related” was mine, and some of the visitors to his site watched my video on his site.
This is how YouTube works by default, so it’s not like he’s stupid or something that my video came up there (though there are ways to stop that from happening, if one is savvy enough to pay attention to the details). But the irony of him hosting my video slamming him on his own site for a visitor there to see is absolutely delicious.
Here’s the video:
Rinehart decisively lost in the primary election. It was a three-way race, and he came in third with 21 percent of the votes. Still, that means 1,900 people voted for him. Welcome to the 21st century.
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