Candace Payne just wanted to show her friends her new toy. Now, she’s the biggest thing on Facebook. “It’s kind of surreal,” she told BuzzFeed News. “It’s very cool, but man, very surreal.”
When Facebook first introduced live video earlier this year, as part of a coordinated strategy to get users to share more personal content, this face may not have been what Mark Zuckerberg had in mind…
And yet, in less than two days, more than 100 million people have watched a video of Texas mom Candace Payne trying on a Chewbacca mask — and laughing hysterically. It’s now Facebook’s most-watched live video of all time, blitzing the 10 million views earned by BuzzFeed’s own exploding watermelon.
The 37-year-old mom of two, who lives in the Dallas suburbs, told BuzzFeed News she is struggling to comprehend the exploding viewer count.
« It is quantifiable but at the same time it's such a mystery in my mind what it means for that many people to have watched it all over the world.
« It's kind of surreal, in all honesty. It's very cool, but man, very surreal. »