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Bigfoot, Chupacabra, Olympics, Sarah Palin Photos and Obama

By: Jeremy Gutsche - Published: Aug 31, 2008
August was a sensational month for viral news, driven by Bigfoot, Chupacbra, the Olympics, Sarah Palin Photos and everything Obama.  These viral posts drove Trend Hunter to a record 6 million monthly views while providing ample entertainment for our viral obsessed community. 

The number one post was about Sarah Palin photos.  The Alaskan governor was a former beauty pageant contestant.  Accordingly, we published two articles as a test.  The Sarah Palin Photos post was a published back-to-back with an article about ‘Female Vice Presidents’.  Not surprisingly, the web has become more obsessed with Sarah Palin photos than with the Sarah Palin bio… The photo article accordingly drove more than 200,000 views versus 8,000 for the news of a female leader.

For more interesting stories, check out this slideshow which wraps up the Top 50 viral posts of the month.  If you want to stay on the cutting edge, you can also check out more of our free micro-trend reports or sign-up for our weekly Trend Candy Trend Newsletter.