When Howard Davis-Carr uploaded a YouTube video titled ‘Charlie bit my finger’ in 2007 he was simply attempting to show the cute moment to the boys’ godfather in Colorado. Instead the video has racked up more than 436 million views, making the video the biggest viral sensation the website has ever witnessed.
Now Mr. Davies-Carr has revealed the video has earned the family more than $500,000 with more money coming in daily.
Speaking to ABC’s Nightline Howard said it was a “lovely moment” however after the video was uploaded and began to gain public attention he says:
“At first I thought, well, this is a bit strange, maybe I should take it down. And then I realized that, well, if I take it down then what would happen is that everybody that’s already created parodies or taken a copy of it and put it on their own website will just keep those running.”
Once the video went viral and reached 50 million pageviews the family was eligible for YouTube’s partner program which in turn started earning them thousands of dollars for every single pageview the ‘Charlie bit my finger’ video racked up.
In the meantime little Charlie hasn’t been biting his brothers finger anymore, but only because his little brother has caught on to this tricks.
In case you have somehow managed to miss the viral video over the years here it is:
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Author: James Kosur
James Kosur has worked in the new media space for the last 10 years, helping many publications build their audiences to millions of monthly readers. He currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Business2Community.com and the CEO of Aven Enterprises LLC.