One afternoon while clipping, I started receiving notifications on my phone about a tweet being retweeted. I often receive one or two retweets, but this was more than usual.
Didn’t think too much about it until the evening when I had to switch the Twitter notifications off. Every few seconds my phone was telling me this tweet had received a new comment or was being retweeted – it was going viral.
To be honest I had put no thought into this tweet and definitely did not have the aim of going viral. My posts on Twitter are mostly of my clipping as people find them a welcome respite from the usual strong opinions and one-sided views aired on the social network.
Looking for suitable content to share, I thought a short clip of how I brush and shake a box ball half way through clipping might be fun.
What I didn’t realise is how many people would enjoy the Buxus wobble…
I can’t say going viral is the most enjoyable experience. I do use social media to share my work but I am quite a private person. To know over 7.8 million people have watched me wobbling a box ball is slightly unnerving.
But in a way I’m also quite pleased. In the difficult times we are currently living, with the worldwide pandemic and not knowing what the future holds, it’s wonderful knowing so many people are able to find a moment to share the enjoyment of watching a Buxus ball wobble. And all the comments are good natured and very funny.
The tweet has gone round the world a few times now, judging by the languages the comments are posted in. But finally it’s starting to slow down.
Thankfully my life has not changed. To my knowledge I’ve not become a meme or been asked to appear on The One Show.
My only issue is with a company using my video without permission to promote artificial topiary on Facebook. In a way this could be a back-handed compliment by saying my work doesn’t look real. However, after a few emails, I am hoping this problem has now been resolved.
I continue with my day to day work of clipping topiary but do now have slight trepidation when posting on Twitter as I don’t really want to repeat this experience. Instagram is a far gently place to share my work.