An incredible social media experience
An incredible social media experience
I found myself rarely loosened up, not even in entertaining activities. For me, what other people find fun, I consider an opportunity to learn from them. I always liked to observe, to feel, and to imagine what is like to be someone else, to be Beyoncé or, in this case, to be Adele.
She kindly greeted us. She asked on lucky boy from the audience to come onto the stage, which was so sweet. Maybe, everybody’s heart melted at that precise moment. However, I was too calm to be feel it. Why? I view this as a show, performance, even at bottom a business. How singers keep their publicity out when they are on tour? I started to wonder about it. It was planned. It was contrived. It was never a “random moment” for me.
She can not believe the boy is from Nigeria. She went to kiss his cheek. Instead, he kisses her lips. HAHAHA!” I managed to get that on camera. All of it. I had the perfect framing and focus. But who am I there to impress?
She joked about it saying, ‘This will be on the front page of the pop news, will be on the social media, and will be viral by tomorrow.’ I took that statement in a serious way. My question at the beginning solved itself. Yes, it was natural, real, and authentic, but ‘the bonfire only burns when the sparkles let them’ – so to speak.
The show was absolutely incredible. After it, I spent a couple of hours editing my photos. After successfully posting them on Instagram, I was reminded by Adele saying, ‘This is going to be viral tomorrow’; I was tired at the time. I do not want to bother with the footage. If I posted on the YouTube channel and Instagram, who will ever, ever know? Some might find them. But who I am there to impress? Wait, no – 3 subscribers might look at it; of course I was not serious. Finally, finally I was about to go to sleep that night. I was pretty sure there must be someone in her team who has everything perfectly documented. Someone who is going to distribute the footage to multiple news agencies, which help to maintain the celebrity publicity. It’s probably important while they are on tour.
Even so, I can’t be the only person. How could I be the sole person with this careful record of the event? If I am, that excites me. I used the highest resolution of the camera and was extremely lucky, if so. I thought, “There were many things in the past. I tried and failed with them, but that’s practice. Why not give this a fair chance? After all, if this happens, I will be super delighted.”
So, I stayed up until 4AM. Everything was sorted out. The I went to sleep.
The next morning, I routinely went on YouTube. I almost forgot about the entire Adele drama, but was reminded by one of the pop culture news YouTube Channels called Clevver News. In the recommendation column, the title said, “Adele Accidentally KISSES Fan Onstage.” Honestly, it was not exciting for me because it had to be her agent who sent the footage back to LA and made the news. Out of curiosity, I double-checked my video, the footage I uploaded had 150 views. So, it must be that. No one will ever see my video.
I clicked on the news. Wait, why was the scenery so familiar? It can’t be my footage. Wait, no, this is not right, what is happening here? No, I must be out of my mind. It was almost impossible for me to believe until I heard the iconic laughter come out of my speaker. THAT WAS MY FREAKING VOICE!
After that, the snowball kept rolling. Until now, if you YouTube Search “Adele kisses fan in Vancouver”, then the footage is MINE alone. Stunning, it’s time to earn what belongs to me.
The news channel hit views, Adele fan page hit views, and other relevant or irrelevant channel that want to get views from this video hit views. Me, myself, and I, the person who paid for the concert with my own money, who had identified the opportunities with my own knowledge, understood media industry, and recorded this video with my camera, stayed up until 4AM to edit it, to upload it and… for what? This! 1,000 views.
So, I started to comment on every YouTube that uses my footage. Instead of coming as the original, and bashing everybody else, I started to invite viewers in the comment section to check out my video, which is FULL VERSION, HIGH SOLUTION (1080P). I changed the title of my own video into the same one with Clevver News. So if the traffic comes from their end, the user will find what they are searching for, immediately. With the effort, my original video successfully hit over 111, 000 views within a week and then I Rested in Peace.
This is the closest time I reached any fame in the Western media.
Coming from a country where Western social media are blocked, I am happy to be able part of this community now after two years of learning and experiencing.
*I earned cumulatively over 1, 000, 000 views of the footage directly and indirectly on YouTube. *