Lonelygirl15 is fake: Tops YouTube Ranking

September 9, 2006 at 11:22 am 25 comments

YouTube logo Earlier this week we reported how Steve Irwin quickly made YouTube’s most viewed list. On some levels it was impressive how YouTube’s vast audience started posting tribute and news related videos within a couple hours after the announcement of his tragic death. Less then 24 hours after his death videos related to Irwin became some of the most viewed, top rated, most discussed and most linked videos in YouTube’s collection. Even TechAddress’ post, “Steve Irwin Makes YouTube’s Most Viewed List” quickly rose to WordPress’ Top post list after reporting the YouTube fact.
With more than 100 million videos viewed every day, an estimated 65,000 new videos uploaded daily and being estimated as the 17th most trafficked Web site on the Internet, the most viewed content on YouTube (and the Internet for that matter) can dramatically change in a flash. However, later in the week, the lonelygirl15 YouTube mystery was uncovered when a couple amateur sleuths came forward with apparent links between the Creative Artists Agency and the official lonelygirl15 MySpace page. The mystery involved Lonelygirl15 appearing to be an innocent on her videos (28 videos released since June 2006), home-schooled 16-year-old, pouring her heart out for her video camera in the privacy of her bedroom. The videos become extremely popular received millions of views.

Within hours after the story was broke lonelygirl15’s website started to get flooded with visitors, lonelygirl15 topped Technorati’s (leading blog search engine) most popular search term list (replacing other popular terms such as Steve Irwin, Path to 9/11 and Facebook) and lonelygirl15’s videos on YouTube now hold several impressive ranking titles within the YouTube community, which were announced by the scammers themselves on their YouTube profile and included: #2 – Most Viewed Channels (This Week), #1 – Most Viewed Channels (This Month), #7 – Most Viewed Channels (All Time) and #2 – Most Subscribed Channels (All Time).
The Internet and Web 2.0 is a fast paced, quick changing environment that keeps you on your toes. Less then one week after Steve’s Irwin’s death made YouTube’s most viewed list, videos about him are still on the list, sometimes 4 out of the top 20 most viewed videos are about him, but unfortunately they are not parodies and jokes. There’s even a video on the most viewed list that discusses her dislike of lonelygirl15’s behavior and how their popularity will soon diminish because of badly they hurt their fans and supporters. Come on, lonelygirl15 had dedicated fans and supporters?

I wonder if the famous venture capital firm Sequoia Capital knew what they were getting into when they invested in YouTube? With YouTube’s fast growing popularity, impressively increasing brand recognition and wide Internet reach, I think they knew exactly what they were getting into, as usual.



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  • 1. denisefrances  |  September 9, 2006 at 2:20 pm

    Dog the Bounty Hunter I have a Problem please give me a call it is desperate to ask you and to find out so please give me a call at 407 297 7343 or write me at denisefrancesmason@yahoo.com it is about our next door neighbor help.

  • 2. Dahamu  |  September 9, 2006 at 4:13 pm

    I actually got an exclusive interview with lonelygirl15 at my website http://topoftube.blogspot.com

  • 3. singsinthedark  |  September 9, 2006 at 10:52 pm

    i think she is real sometimes and yet sometimes i think she is fake

  • 4. r1ck3tz  |  September 10, 2006 at 12:08 am

    Who gives a fuck, you’re all retarded get a fucking life

  • 5. lonelygirl15  |  September 10, 2006 at 8:08 am

    A stupid fake!

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  • 8. Winterheim HDD  |  September 10, 2006 at 8:33 am

    Lonelygirl15: deceiving the internetz

    Ran into TechAddress and I saw this article about YouTube’s growing ‘culture’ as well as the events and other stuff that bring about the trends in popular videos. But one particular video is brought into focus: Lonelygir15.
    I didn&#82…

  • 9. StarkRG  |  September 10, 2006 at 9:21 am

    Sadly I can’t watch any youtube stuff since they only provide their crappy flash player. Flash, being a proprietary format, is only playable on computers that have the plugin installed. Adobe has yet to release an updated plugin for Linux, and has yet to release ANY plugin for Linux on AMD64. The only two operating systems that many flash programs will run on is Mac and Windows. And, while I applaud Adobe for releasing a Mac version, and, at least, working on a Linux version (we’re still stuck on Flash 7) I think that relying on flash to play videos is stupid and shortsighted.

    There really isn’t any reason to use flash to play videos, there are many plugins that will play videos, and are specially designed for that purpose. And you can’t say that it’s to stop people from stealing the videos either, if someone wants the video they can get it. Either retreive the location from within the flash code (if it’s not in the html) or, as a last resort, just screen capture the thing as it plays.

    Again, there’s really no reason to use flash to play the videos. If they must then they should provide an alternative to those who can’t or don’t want to use a flash plugin.

  • 10. snapcrackerz  |  September 10, 2006 at 9:22 am

  • 11. David Waterston  |  September 10, 2006 at 10:12 am

    “There really isn’t any reason to use flash to play videos”

    Apart from the fact that Flash is the most downloaded software in history and installed on more computers than any of the rival video formats (as well as being one of the smallest downloads)?

    “If they must then they should provide an alternative to those who can’t or don’t want to use a flash plugin.”

    Do you really think that that the half-dozen of you who can’t be bothered will really make any difference at all to YouTube? Do you think that they need to change their whole business to get access to 100% of the market or should 98% be enough for them?

    Lastly, do you think anyone else cares?

  • 12. nagnupnoi  |  September 10, 2006 at 10:53 am


  • 13. Therapix  |  September 10, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    I don’t think she’s a fake. Who cares. Enjoy her show, or don’t watch it if you don’t want to.

    ╔═════════ Therapix ═══════════════
    ║Creator of the YouTube Video Tutorials
    ║Wanna learn?

  • 14. avuee  |  September 10, 2006 at 12:07 pm

    Well, I don’t follow Internet drama like this. But, I watched one or two of her vblogs and they were funny. I don’t know who she is or her deal, but… it’s a little scary. What is up with all the whispering? Does she not want to get caught? I can only now say “busted”.

  • 15. John Doe  |  September 10, 2006 at 4:53 pm


  • 16. Faith  |  September 10, 2006 at 7:57 pm

    That’s retarded! It’s not an artform, it’s not even reality-show-ish. It’s only interesting if it’s a persons real story.

  • 17. VPREGGAE  |  September 10, 2006 at 10:38 pm

    DUTY WINE!!!!!

  • 18. prrsxc  |  September 11, 2006 at 2:13 am

    good video comments

  • 19. Bill Pershing  |  September 11, 2006 at 7:55 am

    You might want to check renneto’s broadcat on you tube….

  • 20. nalts  |  September 16, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    She’s an avatar. Big deal.

  • 21. mark day  |  September 20, 2006 at 9:08 am

    Not every Steve Irwin video on YouTube is a glowing tribute. Consider, well, my own little contribution to the Steve Irwin user-created-video frenzy. I posted it on the Tuesday and recieved a small mountain of angry hate mail (well, OK, enough to fill a small kangaroo pouch…) But interestingly enough, by Thursday, the #1 search term bringing people to my blog was variations on the theme of ‘steve irwin + parody’ or ‘steve irwin + comedy’.

    See my own twisted tribute to Mister Irwin (and the crocs) here:


  • 22. Mind Dump « Mind In A Million Places  |  September 21, 2006 at 12:21 pm

    […] IS ANYBODY TIERD OF HER YET. I checked her out on yourtube, and at first I thought I was viewing the wrong videos. Then I realize that there are alot of people watching the worst acting on earth. Yet her popularity continues to rise. Read about it here. […]

  • 23. LazyDork  |  October 3, 2006 at 8:22 pm

    Personally, I prefer watching that “Amazing Gordo” kid doing Criss Angel style magic tricks on YouTube. WAY better than the Lonelygirl crappola! And he’s REAL!

  • 24. IncredibleSucka  |  October 11, 2006 at 1:19 am

    NOOOOOOO!!!!!! SHE’S REAL!!!!!!

  • 25. Lonelygirl15  |  February 27, 2007 at 5:45 pm

    I have to admit that even I would rather watch the Amazing Gordo than that viral junk they make me post!!


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