LEELANAU COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM) - If you ever find yourself looking at an amusing internet video or sharing a funny email picture, you have helped make something go viral.
A Northern Michigan woman was walking along Lake Michigan in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore when she came across a spectacular sight: Ice boulders as far as the eye could see.
"Just instantly I was like 'I need to get out my phone' and it ended out being a great photo," says Leda Olmsted. In one day her photos spread nationwide.
Friday, I was contacted by Good Morning America and I posted it Thursday afternoon sometime-- this all happened in the matter of a weekend.
For something to go viral, or in other words spread like a virus on the internet, it has to be either interesting, funny, memorable, off-the-wall, or something nobody has seen before.
"I took a photo and posted it on Facebook. A lot of my friends had never seen it before or anybody else in the area," says Olmsted.
Leda's photo was picked up by her local news station who posted it on their Facebook page. From there it got 800 shares and 1,000 likes. This is when WZZM 13 spotted the photo and reshared it on our page where it was seen by some national news organizations. From Grand Rapids to San Antonio, and then going on from there it was on to Good Morning America and the Weather Channel.
So if you want something to go viral, "Know how to use your camera on your iPhone, know how to focus it, and share it with everybody you know-- I literally only shared it with my friends," says Olmsted.