I recently came across FunnyOrDie. It’s a video sharing community like YouTube, but purely for comedy videos. Set up by Will Ferrell (who I love) and some of his comedy pals. The idea is simple. Users have to vote whether a comedy clip is funny or not. Crap videos are banished to ‘the crypt’ whereas great ones (with over 50,000 votes) become ‘immortal’.
You’re probably thinking there are already enough ‘me-too’ video sharing sites. But considering it only launched in April , it’s already got quite a following. According to this blog post it is the fastest growing website ever! An amazing 1.7 million unique visitors in its first week. I guess its popularity is not all that surprising. If you take a comedy celebrity like Will Ferrell, throw in today’s connected web users, and what emerges is a grass-roots community. I wonder if we’ll see more celebrities get involved in the Web 2.0 hype. There seems to be demand for it – Lily Allen’s MySpace presence is another example of this.