I Cried: Collective Crying Experiment of Youtube

Thu 3 May 2012 08:30, Vitto Christaldi

I Cried: Collective Crying Experiment of Youtube

As you already know, you can rank clips on YouTube by pressing “Thumbs Up” or “Thumbs Down” button; “Thumbs Up” represents a positive feedback and “Thumbs Down” a negative one. However, a “Thumbs Up” does not totally express the feelings that viewers get after watching a clip, don’t you agree?

Take a sad clip for example. Do viewers press the “Thumbs Up” button because they are feeling sad after watching the clip or because they think it is very cheesy? With the “I Cried” button, you can finally show your feelings and rate your favorite sad clip on Youtube!


I Cried is the first installment of Project Goodcry, an experiment conducted by Dee Kim and Bistin Chen. With I Cried, they are exploring the role of crying in social networks. So now, whenever a clip makes you shed a tear, you can rank it right with a “tear drop”!

But how does it work? YouTube does not have a “tear drop” button! True; that is why you must install the I Cried plug-in on your Google Chrome in order to be able to rate the clip! After the installation is finished, you will see the I Cried button next to the other button on top of the clip!

All the clips that make people cry will be put on the Project Goodcry site in rank order. Here, people can see the top 50 most cried clips on Youtube. At the moment I am writing this article, the most cried clip of the month goes to “This is Beautiful..try not to cry” clip by aisaisjom. Apparently 400 people did not pass the challenge not to cry. So here you go, watch the clip and tell us if you are actually crying after watching the clip. 

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