We must stop using “viral” as a noun. Viral is a result. It is what happens when a great video or campaign gets recognized, discussed, and passed around. You don’t make a viral video, you just make a video. And hope it goes viral.

Pretty much every music video from every pop artist today gets around a million views. That doesn’t make them viral, either. Something is viral if it has that special something that makes you want to share it. But we often allow it to be interchangeable with the notion of popular. And we often discount the virability of something because it wasn’t massively viral. A video or website can end up being viral among smaller groups too.