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Have you ever wondered, in the end, what the words "buzz" or "viral" meant in terms of web ? Yes, it's exactly the same as in "organic" (yet another geeky term for "real") life: . "Buzz" is the word of mouth that turns a simple event/fact into an online gigantic tide. . "Viral" is a piece of information that spreads, well yes, like a virus, and swells into a virtual tsunami. Blunders or gestures made by famous people tend to instantly go viral: within a few minutes, or an hour, the whole world can see it AND comment on it. Why did I decide to write on this, you say ? Well, because this week, something happened in Haïti that perfectly illustrates my point. Have you heard of former U.S. President George W Bush wiping his hand on his predecessor, President Bill Clinton ? I almost put "supposedly" there but frankly, once you see the video, there's not much doubt left. ... But I could be totally wrong. What do you think George Bush is doing ? Patting, poking,.... (what else is there?) Bill Clinton ? You're about to watch BBC footage that has been viewed over 700 00 times since it happened on Tuesday: now *that*'s buzz, that's viral. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DtwkTS9mq8&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&fs=1] ... Guess what ? This is not the first time President George W Bush is being caught red-handed (literally) with questionable manners: he already did it once on David Letterman's show. Acutally, it wasn't during the show but during a commercial break. Watch this, he actually... yes... is wiping his glasses on a woman's top (a jacket, presumably) while she's got her back turned to him. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUVYcWxvqaM&hl=fr_FR&fs=1&rel=0&color1=0x3a3a3a&color2=0x999999&border=1] When you're famous, you've got to watch yourself before the whole world watches and judges you. When you're famous, you actually make an impact on people so, again, watch yourself ! And you thought they'd know, right ? Point made on viral and buzz. End of my virtual tissue demo. So what do YOU think was happening in the Haïti video ?

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