One-Hit Viral Wonder

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

This years holiday promo went viral, it's my "Come on Eileen." It all started on December 7th, with a story on Gizmodo, and in the past two weeks it has been picked up by sites across the globe. I pitched the infographic to about 5% of the sites that featured it, the others stumbled across it and decided to share it on their own. The success of this project was the culmination of designing the right infographic at the right time: holidays, toys, nostalgia, technology, all themes EVERYONE can relate to. I'm so flattered to know that so many people have viewed my work. I tried my hardest to keep up with all of the stories and document them and along the way I found some really interesting stories and some sites with great names.

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I'm extremely honored to have been shared on well read sites such as: GizmodoYahoo, Kotaku, DailyMail, and Fast Company, and a bit shocked to find some other sites sharing my work (view at your own risk!).

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I've tried to keep up with all of the tweets, and have been selling the print on Etsy and  Fancy.com. At first, I did my best to keep up with all of the comments on all of the sites, but quickly realized this was impossible. There were a few great discussions, ranging from my using the wrong Power Ranger:

"Well that's kinda odd and frustrating. The toy brand lists Power Rangers in 1994, but the image is clearly of TurboRanger - a series that came out in Japan in 1989 but was never adapted in America since Zyuranger was the first MMPR which happened around 1993. This should not be confused with Power Rangers Turbo, which is the American adaptation of Carrangers."

To an argument about my Rubik's cube being unsolvable:

"The Rubik's cube could use more than three shades; as it is, it looks unsolvable.

"The other 3 shades are on the other sides"

"The corner piece alone makes it unsolvable; it's impossible to put the two shaded regions on the same side."

The list of geographical views on my google analytics is a roll call of almost every country in the world, and some I have never even heard of. My site has had more views these past two weeks than it has had, ever, since I opened Abby Ryan Design. It has been a great run, and I appreciate all of you taking the time to enjoy it! If you want to share in some of my glory check out these stories from sites across the globe:

This Infographic Shows How Crazy Holiday Toys Have Gotten in 50 Years. USA. Gizmodo. December 7, 2013 (http://gizmodo.com/wow-kids-sure-do-want-some-expensive-crap-for-holiday-1478692838) Ranked in US: 306. Ranked worldwide: 567.

This Infographic Shows How Crazy Holiday Toys Have Gotten in 50 Years. Gizmodo Autralia. Australia. December 7, 2013 (http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2013/12/wow-kids-sure-do-want-some-expensive-crap-for-holiday-gifts/) Ranked in US: 306. Ranked worldwide: 567.

The evolution of toys at Christmas. Yucatan. Mexico. December 7, 2013. (http://yucatan.com.mx/tecnologia/gadgets-tecnologia/la-evolucion-de-los-juguetes-en-navidad) Ranked in Mexico: 174. Ranked worldwide: 8,539.

“50 Years 50 Toys” Is An Infographic That Will Make You Wish You Were A Kid Again. MTL Blog. Canada. December 7, 2013. (http://www.mtlblog.com/2013/12/50-years-50-toys-is-an-infographic-that-will-make-you-wish-you-were-a-kid-again/) Ranked in Canada: 1,046. Ranked worldwide: 22,578.

50 Years of Toys. Crafty. Sweden. December 7, 2013. (http://www.crafty.se/50-ar-av-leksaker/) Ranked in Sweden: N/A. Ranked worldwide: 3,341,602.

Wow, Kids Sure do Want Some Expensive Crap For Christmas Gifts. UK. Gizmodo UK. December 8, 2013 (http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2013/12/wow-kids-sure-do-want-some-expensive-crap-for-holiday-gifts/) Ranked in US: 306. Ranked worldwide: 567.

Wow, Kids Sure do Want Some Expensive Crap For Christmas Gifts. India. Gizmodo India. December 8, 2013 (http://www.gizmodo.in/gadgets/Kids-Sure-Do-Want-Some-Expensive-Crap-For-Holiday-Gifts/articleshow/27043872.cms) Ranked in US: 306. Ranked worldwide: 567.

The Most Popular Holiday Toys From The Past 50 Years. Make Use Of. USA. December 8, 2013. (http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-most-popular-holiday-toys-from-the-past-50-years/) Ranked in US: 808. Ranked worldwide: 950.

50 Hottest Toys For 50 Year End of Year Holiday Season (infographic). Gopego. Indonesia. December 8, 2013. (http://gadget.gopego.com/2013/12/50-mainan-terlaris-selama-50-tahun-musim-liburan-akhir-tahun-infografis) Ranked in Indonesia: 362. Ranked worldwide: 24,810.

50 Toys You'll Remember from When You (and Your Kids) Were Growing Up. DashBurst. USA. December 8, 2013. (http://dashburst.com/infographic/popular-toys-annual-timeline-history/) Ranked in USA: 5,155. Ranked worldwide: 11,377.

Here are the most popular Christmas toys of the last 50 years (infographic). iDevice. Romania. December 8, 2013. (http://www.idevice.ro/2013/12/08/iata-cele-mai-populare-jucarii-de-craciun-ale-ultimilor-50-de-ani-infografic/) Ranked in Romania: 573. Ranked worldwide: 65,565.

50 Christmas hits of the year (1963-2013). IOS Blog. Hungry. December 8, 2013. (http://iosblog.hu/50-ev-karacsonyi-slagerei-1963-2013/) Ranked Hungary: N/A. Ranked worldwide: 9,330,664.

List of Best Selling Toys in 50 Years. Inilah. Indonesia. December 9, 2013 (http://teknologi.inilah.com/read/detail/2054492/daftar-mainan-terlaris-dalam-50-tahun-terakhir) Ranked in Indonesia: 57. Ranked worldwide: 3,625.

Silkscreen poster by Abby Ryan Design showing 50 of the most popular holiday toys from the past 50 years. Under Consideration. USA. December 9, 2013 (http://www.underconsideration.com/quipsologies/) Ranked in US: 12,167. Ranked worldwide: 20,496.

50 years of the 50 most popular classic toys. Iapp. China. December 9, 2013. (http://iapp.com.tw/2013/12/1209-50-years-50-toys/) Ranked in Taiwan: 578. Ranked worldwide: 43,662.

For the last 15 years, tech toys have ruled the holidays [Infographic]. Technical.ly. USA. December 9, 2013. (http://technical.ly/2013/12/09/tech-toys-history/) Ranked in US: 27,098. Ranked worldwide: 109,606.

50 years 50 toys essential. Le Geek. France. December 9, 2013 (http://legeekcestchic.eu/50-ans-50-jouets-incontournables/) Ranked in France: 1789. Ranked worldwide: 69,691.

50 Years Of 50 Games That Made History. Darlin Magazine. Italy. December 9, 2013. (http://darlin.it/lifestyle/50-anni-di-50-giochi-che-hanno-fatto-la-storia/) Ranked in Italy: 826. Ranked worldwide: 57,961.

Gifts to children on Christmas Day has changed over the last 50 years. Niko[pik]. France. December 9, 2013. (http://www.nikopik.com/2013/12/les-cadeaux-de-noel-les-plus-populaires-depuis-50-ans.html) Ranked in France: 3,544. Ranked worldwide: 74,145.

The Most Popular Christmas Gifts Of The Past 50 Years. Fein Und Krnusprig. Germany. December 9, 2013. (http://feinundknusprig.de/die-beliebtesten-weihnachtsgeschenke-der-letzten-50-jahre/) Ranked in Germany: 100,104. Ranked worldwide: 3,034,461.

50 Years of Toys. VS Magazine. Turkey. December 9, 2013. (http://www.vsmagazin.com/2013/12/son-50-yilin-oyuncaklari/) Ranked in Turkey: 28, 377. Ranked worldwide: 2,149,591.

50 Years Of Christmas Toys. Short List Magazine. UK. December 9, 2013. (http://www.shortlist.com/cool-stuff/design/50-years-of-christmas-toys) Ranked in UK: 1,388. Ranked worldwide: 17,367.

The 50 most popular Christmas gifts for 50 years. Lyon Capitale. France. December 9, 2013. (http://www.lyoncapitale.fr/Journal/Communs/Univers/Technologies/Buzz/Les-50-cadeaux-de-Noel-les-plus-populaires-depuis-50-ans) Ranked in France: 3,113. Ranked worldwide: 80,414.

Most Popular Toys From The Past 50 Years. Lost at E Minor. USA. December 10, 2013. (http://www.lostateminor.com/2013/12/10/popular-toys-past-50-years/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LostAtEMinor+%28Lost+At+E+Minor%29) Ranked in USA: 19,279. Ranked worldwide: 23,679.

Chart: The Most Popular Holiday Toys Over The Past 50 Years. Design Taxi. USA. December 10, 2013. (http://designtaxi.com/news/362593/Chart-The-Most-Popular-Holiday-Toys-Over-The-Past-50-Years/) Ranked in USA: 6,402. Ranked worldwide: 6,967.

50 years of Christmas toys in a single image. Toms List. December 10, 2013. (http://www.tomsguide.fr/actualite/50-ans-jeux-jouets-noel,39667.html) Ranked in France: 193. Ranked worldwide: 3,653.

Infographic Of The Most Popular The Past 50 Years Toys! Hitek. France. December 10, 2013. (http://hitek.fr/42/infographie-jouets-populaires-50-ans_468) Ranked in France: 717. Ranked worldwide: 17,012.

50 years, 50 gift toys for Christmas - see this infographic. Blue Bus. Portugal. December 10, 2013. (http://www.bluebus.com.br/50-anos-50-brinquedos-de-presente-para-o-natal-veja-esse-infografico/) Ranked in Brazil: 567. Ranked worldwide: 17,167.

50 Years 50 Toys, An Infographic of Popular Holiday Toys from 1963 to Today. Laughing Squid. USA. December 10, 2013. (http://laughingsquid.com/50-years-50-toys-an-infographic-of-popular-holiday-toys-from-1963-to-today/) Ranked in the US: 2,609. Ranked worldwide: 5,936.

The 50 Most Popular Toys Of The Last 50 Years. Paredro. Mexico. December 10, 2013. (http://www.paredro.com/los-50-juguetes-mas-populares-de-los-ultimos-50-anos/) Ranked in Mexico: 1,734. Ranked worldwide: 51,883.

The Most Popular Christmas Gifts? This Is The Story Of The Last 50 Years. AntyWeb. Poland. December 10, 2013. (http://antyweb.pl/najpopularniejsze-prezenty-swiateczne-oto-historia-z-ostatnich-50-lat/) Ranked in Poland: 154. Ranked worldwide: 8,471.

50 Years Of Popular Holiday Toys, All At Once. Kotaku. USA. December 10, 2013. (http://kotaku.com/50-years-of-popular-holiday-toys-all-at-once-1480531297) Ranked in USA: 642. Ranked worldwide: 1,456.

From Easy Bake Ovens and Cabbage Patch Kids to Game Boys and Tamagotchis: The most popular Christmas gifts from the past 50 years revealed. Daily Mail. UK. December 10, 2013. (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2521407/From-Easy-Bake-Ovens-Cabbage-Patch-Kids-Game-Boys-Tamagotchis-The-popular-Christmas-gifts-past-50-years-revealed.html#comments) Ranked in UK: 13. Ranked worldwide: 100.

Change of toys over the past 50 years up to 2013: 50 Years 50 Toys. Japon Times. Japan. December 11, 2013. (http://japontimes.livedoor.biz/archives/34799468.html) Ranked in Japan: 49. Ranked worldwide: 971.

50 Years 50 Toys - Popular Toys 1963-2013. U Funk. France. December 11, 2013. (http://www.ufunk.net/univers-geek/50-years-50-toys/) Ranked in France: 1,334. Ranked worldwide: 1,334.

50 Years 50 Toys [infographic]. USA. December 11, 2013. (http://dailyinfographic.com/50-years-50-toys-infographic) Ranked in USA: 11,776. Ranked worldwide: 17,407.

Are must-have Christmas gifts getting more expensive? Bargaineering. USA. December 11, 2013. (http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/must-have-christmas-gifts-more-expensive.html) Ranked in USA: 17,553. Ranked worldwide: 62,446.

50 Toys For 50 Years: A Look At Some Of The Most Popular Holiday Toys In The Past 50 Years. Elite Daily. USA. December 11, 2013. (http://elitedaily.com/envision/50-toys-50-years-look-popular-holiday-toys-past-50-years/) Ranked in US: 501. Ranked worldwide: 1,783.

50 Years 50 Toys. Andamos Armados. Spain. December 11, 2013. (http://andamosarmados.com/181412-50-anos-50-juguetes) Ranked in Mexico: 8,632. Ranked worldwide: 235,075.

15 Christmas gifts that made us happy in the past. Yahoo. Spain. December 11, 2013. (http://es.tendencias.yahoo.com/fotos/15-regalos-de-navidad-que-nos-hicieron-muy-felices-en-el-pasado-1386760366-slideshow/) Ranked in USA: 4. Ranked worldwide: 4.

50 Years of Toys. Best Infographics. USA. December 11, 2013. (http://www.bestinfographics.co/50-years-of-toys/) Ranked in USA: 50,496. Ranked worldwide: 164,176.

The Most Popular Holiday Toys of the Past 50 Years. Mascola. USA. December 11, 2013. (http://mascola.com/insights/popular-holiday-toys-past-50-years/) Ranked worldwide: 2,422,737.

The most popular toys for 50 years. Skalvilege. Denmark. December 11, 2013. (http://www.skalvilege.nu/2013/12/det-mest-populaere-legetoj-gennem-50-ar/) Ranked worldwide: 4,535,049.

Andreas blog: 50 popular toys. IGN. Sweden. December 12, 2013. (http://se.ign.com/blog/6641/andreas-blogg-50-populaera-leksaker) Ranked in USA: 191. Ranked worldwide: 313.

Most Popular Holiday Toys From The Last 50 Years.  Geek Insider. USA. December 12, 2013. (http://www.geekinsider.com/popular-holiday-toys-last-50-years/) Ranked in USA: 79,473. Ranked worldwide: 171,335.

50 Years Of The Most Popular Games. Alternopolis. Mexico. December 13, 2013. (http://alternopolis.com/50-anos-50-de-los-juegos-mas-populares-en-vacaciones/) Ranked: N/A

Retrospective Christmas Toy Charts. Trend Hunter. USA. December 14, 2013. (http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/classic-toys) Ranked in USA: 3,663. Ranked worldwide: 6,538.

The 50 Most Popular Toys From The Last 50 Years. Neatorama. USA. December 15, 2013. (http://www.neatorama.com/2013/12/15/The-50-Most-Popular-Toys-From-The-Last-50-Years/#!pXU9r) Ranked in USA: 5,093. Ranked worldwide: 10,827.

Super Nintendo or bike?? The 50 most popular toys of the last 50 years. Bio Bio Chile. Chile. December 15, 2013. (http://www.biobiochile.cl/2013/12/15/super-nintendo-o-bicicleta-los-50-juguetes-mas-populares-de-los-ultimos-50-anos.shtml) Ranked in Chile: 15. Ranked worldwide: 4,139.

The 50 most popular toys of the last 50 years. Gameworld Brazil. Brazil. December 16, 2013. (http://heroi.gameworld.com.br/nerdismo/os-50-brinquedos-mais-populares-dos-ultimos-50-anos#.Uq8XXGRDtvk) Ranked in Brazil: 10,612. Ranked worldwide: 321,047.

50 Toys In 50 Years. L’Antre Du Geek. France. December 16, 2013. (http://lantredugeek.com/50-jouets-en-50-ans/) Rank: N/A.

50 Years 50 Toys. Toppli. Mexico. December 16, 2013. (http://www.toppli.com/post/8178/) Ranked in Mexico: 8,981. Ranked worldwide: 321, 274.

Infographic: The Most Popular Toys of  the Past 50 Years. Fast Company Design. USA. December 17, 2013. (http://www.fastcodesign.com/3023528/infographic-of-the-day/infographic-the-most-popular-toys-of-the-past-50-years) Rated in USA: 876. Rated worldwide: 2,419.

50 Years 50 Toys. Building a Wolf. USA. December 17, 2013. (http://bldgwlf.com/50-years-50-toys/#more-30281) Rated worldwide: 663,275.

50 Years of 50 Toys(Infograph). Church Mag. USA. December 18, 2013. (http://churchm.ag/50-years-of-50-toys/) Rated in USA: 24,925. Rated worldwide: 57,185

Infographics Showed me the most Popular Gifts. Look at Me. Russia. December 18, 2013. (http://www.lookatme.ru/mag/inspiration/lifestyle/198877-50-years-50-toys) Rated in Russia: 762. Rated worldwide: 10,785

Infographic: 50 Years 50 Toys. Technology for Publishing. USA. December 18, 2013. (http://www.tech4pub.com/2013/12/18/infographic-50-years-50-toys/) Rated worldwide: 729,847

Christmas is Approaching 50 years Toys in a Single Image. Africa. December 18, 2013. (http://www.techofafrica.com/noel-approche-50-ans-de-jouets-en-une-seule-image/) Rated in Africa: 1,394. Rated Worldwide: 522,314.

Infographic: The Best Holiday Toys Over the Past 50 Years. December 18, 2013. (http://www.bromygod.com/2013/12/18/infographic-best-holiday-toys-part-50-years/) Rated in USA: 3,812. Rated worldwide: 13,042.

A Look Back At Some Of The Most Popular Holiday Toys From The Past 50 Years. Funky Space Monkey. USA. December 18, 2013.(http://www.funkyspacemonkey.com/look-back-popular-holiday-toys-past-50-years) Rated in USA: 85,238.  Rated worldwide: 136,313

The Most Popular Toys Of The Past 50 Years. Branding Magazine. USA. December 19, 2013. (http://www.brandingmagazine.com/2013/12/19/most-popular-toys-past-50-years/) Rated in USA: N/A

The 50 Most Popular Toys From The Last 50 Years. Life Hack. USA. December 19, 2013. (http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/the-50-most-popular-toys-from-the-last-50-years.html) Rated in USA: 1,366.  Rated worldwide: 3,280.

Holiday Toy Fads. ASOS. UK. December 20, 2013. (http://us.asos.com/men/fashion-news/2013/december/20-friday/christmas-toy-facts/) Rated in UK: 63.  Rated worldwide 568.

The 50 Most Popular Toys of the Last 50 Years [Infographic]. Google Mais Brasil. Brazil. December 21, 2013. (http://googlemaisbrasil.com/los-50-juguetes-mas-populares-de-los-ultimos-50-anos-infografia/) Rated worldwide 21,982,117.

The most popular Christmas gadgets of the past 50 years. Wiwo. Germany. December 23, 2013. (http://blog.wiwo.de/look-at-it/2013/12/23/die-popularsten-weihnachts-gadgets-der-vergangenen-50-jahre/) Rated in Germany: 265. Rated worldwide 5,698.

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