How Lonelygirl15 taught us to doubt everything on the internet
Yahoo News - 8 months
In the summer of 2006, YouTube was only a year old, and people were very concerned for the safety of its breakout star. Only they didn't actually know who or where she was — or whether she was even real. Bree, the unassuming 16-year-old vlogger best known by her username, Lonelygirl15, was possibly a victim and possibly a hoax, but it didn't matter either way to the thousands of fans who anxiously waited for her updates. Not knowing was the real thrill. And 10 years later, Lonelygirl15's legacy is the currency of uncertainty. SEE ALSO: 'Bachelorette' villain Chad may be squatting on domains for porn Bree's first vlog appeared on the site on June 16, 2006 and was titled "First Blog/Dorkiness Prevails." In it, she offers shoutouts to her YouTube heroes, laments her boring life and positions herself as an outsider desperate to fit in. "Well, I guess a video blog is about me. My name is Bree. I'm 16. Ummmm... I don't really want to tell you where I live, because you could like, stalk me,"
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