What makes things on the Internet go viral?

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Author's Note: What makes things on the Internet go viral?

This article isn't likely to go viral. It doesn't feature any cute shots of kittens, nor does it include video of a kindergarten teacher forcing a student to wallow in his soiled drawers. What it does have is information. Some mighty good info, if you ask me. In the rush to get more eyes on more pages, I hope we don't completely forget about communicating actual, usable knowledge.

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