Meteor Smashes YouTube Record

The meteor that struck Russia wasn’t just the largest space rock to penetrate Earth’s atmosphere in a century. By one measure, it was also the biggest thing to hit online video since — well, ever.

Collectively, all eyewitness meteor videos uploaded to YouTube and DailyMotion (the two largest online video services) garnered more than 130 million views over the weekend, according to a blog post from social analysis service Visible Measures. That’s the vastest rate of viral growth ever seen for an online video event.

Visible Measures identified more than 400 videos uploaded since Friday. Some 160 of those clips have surpassed 100,000 views.

Not all videos were viewed equally. The clear winner, with 26.7 million views and counting, was this stunning and terrifying video from Russia Today:

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