'Saudi style Gangnam' is big hit on YouTube
Saudi Gangnam style! Parody of the most watched YouTube video was the most popular upload in the MENA region in 2012
A Saudi ‘Gangnam Style’ parody is among the most popular YouTube videos this year in the MENA region.
Google released the top 10 yesterday. They included popular music, entertainment, comedy and people videos, all of which amassed millions of views on the videosharing site.
Tarek Abdalla, Google’s regional marketing manager, said: “This year, we looked not just at views, but also shares, searches, likes and responses to identify the 10 videos that everybody was talking about in 2012. On YouTube people don’t just view a popular video, they remix, share, and parody, building a fan community that extends far beyond the watch page. We took all of this into account to ensure we truly captured the captivating moments of the year.”
YouTube received more than 260 million views per day in the Middle East and North Africa region in 2012 and two hours of content was uploaded in the region every minute.
Users can visit the YouTube Rewind channel to explore the trending videos of 2012 and popular channels globally.
Tell us what you think! What was your favourite video of the year? Did you love Gangnam style or hate it? Do let us know!