THE NOW -- People have been inspiring each other and doing kind things for strangers since long before the Internet. Now though, these random acts of kindness get special attention across the globe as people tune in and spread the word. Indie band, Count decided to do their part by singing an impromptu cover of Whitney Houston's "I Want to Dance With Somebody" to an old man who'd become enamored with their lead singer. Caine Monroy of 'Caine's Arcade' fame has enjoyed plenty of attention from strangers after the video showing the arcade he built entirely out of cardboard went viral. Karen the bus monitor, who endured cruel taunting by some students a few weeks ago, has had her misfortune turned into a windfall of generosity from strangers -- but sometimes the Internet reacts too quickly when it tries to help, like in the case of Ted Williams, aka Golden Voice, only to find that the problems run deeper than an instant stardom fix.
Big business is also starting to see the magic in these inspirational viral vids, like this ad from Coke showing secret surveillance cameras capturing candid human spirit. Not everyone has an inspirational video, however even while drunk, this dude really carries a tune and shows love for his cat -- and that's good enough for us.