The Anatomy of Viral Social Media

Posted at 8:44 AM, Dec 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-21 08:44:05-05

Social media changed the way we communicate and for some it changed their lives. The List’s Teresa Strasser has examples of the backstory of three of the most viral sensations on the Breakdown.

  1. A post from a man who said he cheated on his wife.

Jason Hewlett was in line at Target when he noticed an attractive woman.  In a few seconds he realized he was checking out his wife. He snapped a photo and posted his story on Facebook.  The story went viral receiving over 30 million views.


  1. A video viewed by millions.

Baby Louise was born with Albinism and difficulty seeing can be one of the symptoms.

A doctor prescribed glasses and her parents captured their daughter seeing them clearly for the first time.


  1. A photo that launched a career.

Tabatha Bundesen’s brother posted a photo of her cat on Reddit.  Not only did the photo explode on social media, it also changed Tabatha’s life.  The cat is now internationally known as Grumpy Cat.