Alexis Madrigal marvels at this video's path through the Internet:

[The YouTube video has] received more than four million views in the last day and is the most-watched video on the site today. The man's voice is amazing and Americans love a good redemption story. Williams says in the video that he used to be addicted to drugs but he's been clean for two years now, yet still unable to get a job.

So, Reddit users organized around finding the man a job, actually raising money and coming up with gigs for him. And while all this was going on, Williams himself -- being homeless -- was nowhere to be found. People went out looking for him and eventually he was found, no doubt a little stunned that millions of people on the Internet had suddenly taken an interest in him.

At least today, he's got no shortage of work.

In some ways, it's just a tiny reflection of the power of the web to discover and advance ... talent.

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