Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Lavigne fans rig YouTube stats

How, you might wonder, are the slender ranks of those who still believe in Avril Lavigne managing to show their enthusiasm for her so much that her Girlfriend video has become the most-watched option on YouTube?

By rigging it: there's a page which happily refreshes the video page every fifteen seconds, with instructions to Avrilophiles to:

keep this page open while you browse the internet, study for exams, or even sleep. For extra viewing power, open up two or more browser windows at this page!

Of course, as it resets every fifteen seconds, the bonus is that you can build Avril's page views without the video ever reaching the song's introduction. Even her biggest fans, it seems, would rather not have to listen to the awful tune.