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    Default What does "going viral" mean here?

    Store supporters nationwide rallied in their defense, one supporter even going viral with a Facebook campaign.
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    What does "going viral" mean here? And what is grammar rule related to it?
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    Default Re: What does "going viral" mean here?

    Thank you,
    Can I use "become viral" instead of "go viral" here?
    And in this case, is "go" used as a linking verb?

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    Default Re: What does "going viral" mean here?

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Thank you,
    Can I use "become viral" instead of "go viral" here?
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    I'd prefer you to. I suspect the quote in the OP has mistaken the meaning. If something 'goes viral' it starts to spread like a virus. The quote in the OP seems to mean something like 'resorting to use of the internet, particularly social networks'. It's true that something that starts to spread virally on the internet often does use Facebook, but resorting to Facebook is not a necessary or sufficient condition for 'going viral'.

    I haven't looked at that Urban Dictionary page; I fear that 'going viral' may start to be used in the specific sense of 'using social networks'. That's why I prefer 'become'.

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    Default Re: What does "going viral" mean here?

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    Thank you,
    Can I use "become viral" instead of "go viral" here?
    And in this case, is "go" used as a linking verb?
    No, it's a set phrase.

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    Default Re: What does "going viral" mean here?

    It is a set phrase but it's been used incorrectly in the piece. One supporter can't go viral on the internet. A supporter might post a video on YouTube and then the video might go viral. It simply means something which spreads incredibly quickly on the internet, sometimes quite surprisingly.
    The Gangnam Style song/video is a perfect example.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: What does "going viral" mean here?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It is a set phrase but it's been used incorrectly in the piece. One supporter can't go viral on the internet. A supporter might post a video on YouTube and then the video might go viral. It simply means something which spreads incredibly quickly on the internet, sometimes quite surprisingly.
    The Gangnam Style song/video is a perfect example.
    I agree- a Facebook page is irrelevant unless millions of people look at it, and without the millions it has not gone viral.

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