Teenage YouTube sensation

A 16-year-old Adelaide girl has become an online star after she uploaded a video of herself singing about Facebook. Maddy Zammit joined TODAY for a chat and performance.

The girl's video of herself singing with a guitar while describing her annoyances with Facebook has gone viral.

Madelaine Zammit of Adelaide, South Australia and her "Facebook song" were brought into the spotlight over the weekend after international blogs Mashable, The Daily What, Geekologie and Failblog posted about it.

According to Madelaine's manager, Sam Helyard, also 16 and a close friend, she was "hysterical with excitement" when told of how her song began to go viral. "She couldn't believe it."

The song was written by Madelaine about 3 months ago, Sam said, and was only posted to YouTube at the beginning of this month. "I told her to record a song and put it on YouTube ... it's just gone from there."

The video describes of common Facebook experiences many adolescents go through. As of this morning it had been viewed 150,781 times and had 3076 "likes". By 12 pm it reached 156,462 views and had 3246 likes.

Further, Madelaine's Facebook fan page "Madelaine Zammit Music" - created by Sam only a week ago - has attracted more than 6000 fans and thousands of supportive comments.

"I want to give you a hug," one of the comments on her Facebook page said. "It's a hilarious song. I am going to go and make everyone I know watch and listen. Will you pretty please make it availible (sic) on iTunes?"

In one Facebook experience Madelaine describes of "another 40-year-old man" attempting to add her as a "friend" on the social networking site. In another she describes how a number of male youths post pictures of their cars instead of images of themselves and how young girls wanting attention were "posting photos of themselves wearing nothing but their extensions".

Sam said Madelaine "always had a passion for singing" and that one day when they were "bludging" at school she picked up her guitar and began playing the Facebook song to him. Sam, a member of the Vows Of A Massacre band, said the song was "all related to what Madeline thinks of Facebook".

"She just writes what she feels," he said. "When she's bored she just writes music."

He said Madelaine had five other songs and that she planned to finish school before becoming more involved with music.

On her Twitter, Madelaine said she hadn't done any "proper [music] gigs yet" but hoped to do one soon.

Madelaine's song isn't the first time a video about Facebook has gone viral. YouTube user Lynnea Malley did a parody earlier this year describing how Facebook had given her the "ability to find the profiles of hot guys on campus whose names I don't know".

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