Have you seen this new live video feature that Facebook has? It’s pretty cool – it lets you watch live streams of video from anywhere in the world, and it also lets you broadcast yourself with nothing more than a smartphone, a WiFi connection and a Facebook account.
On The Wolf’s page, our very own Brian Ellis has made use of the live video feature, and you can see the videos he’s made on there.
On Friday afternoon, likely looking to have a little fun to welcome the weekend, Buzzfeed staff decided to do a live video of staffers finding out how many elastic bands it would take to make a watermelon explode. Despite not knowing at all that this was going on, I happened to log on to Facebook as it was happening, and it popped up on my feed. I decided to watch for a couple minutes and see what happened, and I was fortunate to have pretty good timing. Within a minute or two of me opening up the stream, the watermelon did, indeed, explode.
I was far from the only person tuned in. In fact, about 800,000 people saw the live stream itself. They left 318,000 comments, and shared it over 8,400 times. Who knew seeing a watermelon explode would be such a huge draw?
Two hours later, the video had been viewed 4.5 million times. Now, two days later, it’s been viewed 9.5 million times.
So how many elastics did it take to make that particular watermelon explode? Somewhere around 670. And as promised, they ate the watermelon afterward.
And now, just for fun, here’s a couple people eating watermelon ridiculously fast!