"I reject your reality and substitute with my own."
-- Adam Savage

The Internet has become a ubiquitous part of our online lifestyle. It has become so dispensable, that if it didn't existed life that we know today would have been totally different. Everyone of us wanted to be a famous movie star or a popular person by showcasing one's talent and skills. And with the rise of the Internet, the growth of a powerful media it has now transcended over the success of radio, television and entertainment all through the years and decades that it changed people's lives.

This information revolution has transformed society into one global community and because of this people are now connected to almost any person on the globe. People have made Internet a lifestyle to the point that many of us spend most of our time watching videos on Youtube, blogging about the next big thing, chatting with friends at Facebook and even gossiping over some Hollywood star over Twitter. However, this sudden boost of appreciation over the power of the Internet is nothing if "Internet celebrities" never made Internet 'cool' and 'hip.' We would have been stuck in our own basement or attic staring at the computer screen all day like a lonesome nerd waiting for the binary sequence to turn into a googolplex of nothing.

An Internet celebrity is someone who has become famous by means of the Internet. The wide reach of the Internet allows people to reach a narrow audience across the world and so become famous within a particular internet community. Many millions of people write online journals or blogs. In many cases, they write anonymously or their focus is upon a specialist topic. But if the author has or develops a distinctive personality, their fame will derive from this as much as from the content of their blog.

The secret of this phenomenon is because of the fact that a celebrity is an individual whose fame is primarily derived from their Internet presence. Many of the top web celebrities have a proven following that rivals even the popular television programs. In this case, women have captivated the mind of men in this aspect, I am not talking about pornstars but women who became famous because of their skills and talents, though I must admit some of them became famous for being famous. Some of them gained their "celebrity"-status for the wrong reasons.

Ana Free (born June 29, 1987) is the stage name of Ana Gomes Ferreira, a singer–songwriter from Portugal who achieved a certain fame within the popular video sharing website YouTube.

During her childhood, she went to an international school near Cascais where she picked up her distinct accent. She began writing and composing at the age of 10 and has been able to play the guitar fluently for over 10 years. Ferreira currently lives in the United Kingdom and has been recently studying for a degree in Economics.

She made her first live TV performance in the summer of 2007 on TVI in Portugal, where she sang "Crazy", a song she had composed herself. She is currently recording her debut album after the success of her first single, which was released on May 23, 2008, "In My Place". The popularity of her song made it feature on Now 19 in Portugal, released November 24, 2008. Ana frequently sings live at gigs in both Portugal and London, which are recorded by her friends and uploaded to her blogs and websites. Her most popular song is a cover of Nickelback's "Savin' Me". A video of her playing it reached 1,000,000 views on June 19, 2009.

Sarah Austin is an alternative media producer and online lifecaster who interviews tech-oriented developers and Internet personalities, both well known and obscure. The New York Times, grouping her as a central figure in the new emerging subculture of New York techie night life, described her as "the founder of Pop17, a Web site posting her video interviews with tech-world celebrities."

On Pop17, Austin offers reports and opinions on "the new cultural phenomenon of online micro-celebrity." She is also seen on Justin.tv, Mogulus and Flixwagon. YouTube displays more than 120 of her videos from various venues.

Cindy Margolis is an online model who consistently ranks among the most viewed / downloaded on the web.

Margolis emerged as a star in the early days of the Internet and was named Yahoo! Internet Life magazine's "Queen of the Internet" from 1996-1999. She also found her way into the 2000 Guinness Book of World Records as a result of being the "most downloaded" person in 1999 - a statistic that has no way of being accurately measured for the time.

Violet Blue is is a blogger who writes a weekly sex column for the San Francisco Chronicle. Her podcast is Open Source Sex, in which she reads erotica and talks about topics such as fetishes and oral sex.

Blue wrote a feature about porn for women which was published in the July 2007 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. She lectures at San Francisco Sex Information on the topics of oral sex and fetish. She is the author of several books on sex and has edited several volumes of erotica anthologies. Her first book was an erotic anthology she edited titled Sweet Life: Erotic Fantasies for Couples was published in December 2001 by Cleis Press.

Justine Ezarik (born March 20, 1984) is a viral video comedienne, freelance graphic/web designer and video editor originally based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is best known as iJustine, a lifecaster who communicated directly with her thousands of viewers on her Justin.tv channel, ijustine.tv. She has made more than 200 videos, including satires on such subjects as Lost and parkour.

Ezarik's videos have received more than 25 million views, 16 million on YouTube alone and her videos are so popularity that a video about her wanting to order a cheeseburger got 600,000 YouTube views in a week. She is sometimes described as a "lifecasting star," a "new media star," or one of the web's most popular lifecasters. In 2008, she relocated her base of operation from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Los Angeles, California.

She is also known for her "300-page iPhone bill", which followed the first month of service after the introduction of the iPhone in 2007. The viral video earned her international attention and celebrity. The bad publicity that AT&T earned as a result of her video featuring her reviewing this bill and similar stories coincided with the announcement that detailed billing would become optional for iPhone users. As of June 1, 2009, she had over a half a million Twitter followers, and nearly 100,000 subscribers to the iJustine YouTube channel.

Marisa Calihan was a contestant on Survivor Samoa, the 19th season of Survivor. Melissa, 26, grew up on a farm in Ohio with eight siblings in a blended family and currently lives in Cincinnati.

Calihan was the first player voted out of the game at tribal council. Russell Hantz, the self-described "villain" of the season convinced his fellow tribe members to vote Marisa off after she challenged him, suspecting him of being "pretty slimy".

Her elimination became an Internet sensation because of the fact that she was this "sweet young woman" who got voted out by the "most despicable contestant in Survivor history."

Amanda Congdon (born August 4,1981) was the co-producer and host of a weekly vidcast for ABC. She has an independent videoblog, Starring Amanda Congdon. She is also co-president of Oxmour Entertainment along with Mario Librandi and was the host of Amanda Across America before it concluded.

However, Congdon is probably best known for hosting the daily news show Rocketboom, which she hosted and produced until June 23, 2006. She is still the co-owner (49%) of Rocketboom but a controversial dispute between her and the 51% shareholder Andrew Baron has resulted in her no longer hosting or producing the show. She also was the co-executive producer of JETSET (now EPIC FU) for the first several episodes of the show.

Congdon was born and raised in Manhattan and graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University. Once she graduated she took a job at Saatchi & Saatchi, an advertising agency. She had leading roles in Waafrika (Red Room Theater) and Independence (Manhattan Theatre Source) and, during the second season, appeared as the coat check attendant on Rocco's The Restaurant. She has also appeared on CSI, The Chris Rock Show (on HBO), a Showtime pilot and Cake Presents. She can be seen in a Northstar music video which aired on MTV2, FUSE, and VH1's My Coolest Years.

Julia Allison (born February 28, 1981) is an American journalist, television commentator, and co-creator of lifecasting portal NonSociety.com. A Georgetown University alumna, Allison is originally from Wilmette, a northern suburb of Chicago.

On graduating from college, Allison moved to New York and began working as a columnist for amNewYork, after which she became editor-at-large for Star magazine. In 2007, she went on to join Time Out New York as a columnist, a position held until Summer 2009. Her freelance writing has featured in numerous magazines including Cosmopolitan and Men's Health.

Allison has also appeared as a guest commentator on television networks such as MSNBC, Fox News, plus Headline News, CNN, and MTV, and co-hosts New York Nonstop lifestyle show TMI Weekly.

As of 2009, her work includes speaking engagements on new media and marketing, as well as assisting various companies as brand spokesperson.

Xeni Jardin (born 1972) is weblogger, digital media commentator, and tech culture journalist. She is known for her position as co-editor of the collaborative weblog Boing Boing, as a contributor to Wired magazine and Wired News, and as a correspondent for the National Public Radio show Day to Day. Jardin has also worked as a guest technology news commentator for television networks such as CNN, Fox News and ABC.

Her career as a journalist began in 1999 when she was associated with Jason Calacanis's Silicon Alley Reporter, first as a contributing editor, and later as Vice President of Silicon Alley's parent company, Rising Tide Studios. In 2001 Jardin became a freelance writer for Wired and other magazines, and in 2002 she began contributing to Boing Boing after Mark Frauenfelder met her at a party and invited her to be a co-editor. She has also written op-ed pieces for the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. She has also been the main source of an article in The Age talking about the cultural relevance of Wikipedia articles, and the source for a New York Times article discussing Boing Boing's part in the creation of the Flying Spaghetti Monster internet meme.

Jardin is also involved in television and radio work. In 2003, she began contributing the "Xeni Tech" segment for NPR's show Day to Day, and has appeared as a guest on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer to discuss the Washington Post's decision to remove their comments section (a step Boing Boing had also taken). She has also made appearances on CNN, Fox News and ABC World News Tonight. and featured on the BBC Radio 5 show Pods and Blogs discussing her work at Boing Boing.

Emily Gould (born October 13, 1981) is the former co-editor of Gawker.com.

Gould began her blogging career as one-half of The Universal Review before starting her own blog, Emily Magazine, and writing for Gawker on a freelance basis as the anonymous author of the Unsolicited column. She eventually replaced Jessica Coen at Gawker upon Coen's departure for Vanity Fair in September 2006. Her colleagues included co-editor Alex Balk, managing editor Choire Sicha, and associate editor Doree Shafrir. Before joining the Gawker staff, Gould was an associate editor at Disney's Hyperion imprint.

Gould, with Zareen Jaffery, is the co-author of the young adult novel Hex Education, which was released by Penguin's Razorbill imprint in May 2007.

On November 30, 2007 Gould resigned from Gawker. She recounted her experiences mingling her professional and romantic lives on the site in a New York Times Magazine article ("Exposed") published on May 25, 2008. The article formed the basis for a proposal for a memoir to be published by Free Press in 2010.

Gould is a regular contributor to various publications, including New York-based quarterly Russia! and Moscow-based Snob. In Russia! she published a review of contemporary Russian-born American writers, including her then-boyfriend Keith Gessen. The piece about Gessen was later taken out by Russia! editors.

The My Box in a Box Girl is this Philadelphia girl "Bunny" who made a skit in response to Justin Timberlake and Andy Samberg’s Saturday Night Live “Dick in a Box.”

The song has become somewhat of a hit since its December 28, 2007 launch getting air play on New York's Z100, Los Angeles' KLOS, San Antonio's KFOX and others. The My Box in a Box weblog, with the tagline "Britney showed the world her box...but my box is just for you," claims the video has been viewed by a million people and, apparently, the girl wants Justin Timberlake as she keeps pointing to stories about Justin's reported breakup with Cameron Diaz. Check out her MySpace page now.

Christine Dolce (Born August 31, 1981), also known as "ForBiddeN", is a former cosmetologist turned model who gained fame through social-networking website MySpace.

Proclaimed “The Queen of MySpace” by Vanity Fair magazine and The Tyra Banks Show, Dolce rose to fame after joining the MySpace online community shortly after its inception. As MySpace's popularity grew, so did Dolce's. With over a million “friends,” Dolce is one of the site’s top three most popular members out of the over 150 million profiles on the site.

In addition to her MySpace profile, she has also been focusing efforts on acting lessons, photo shoots, public appearances, her website ForBiddeNxo.livejournal.com, and her Destroyed Denim fashion line.

Dolce shot a celebrity pictorial for Playboy magazine and appeared in the October 2006 issue. She also participates in Axe Deodorant's Gamekillers MySpace campaign. She was named the Naughtiest Cybervixen on the Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards on June 13, 2007.

Jennifer Kaye Ringley (born August 10, 1976) is an Internet personality and former lifecaster. She is known for creating the popular website JenniCam.

Regarded by some as a conceptual artist, Ringley viewed her site as a straight-forward document of her life. She did not wish to filter the events that were shown on her camera, so sometimes she was shown nude or engaging in sexual behavior, including sexual intercourse and masturbation. This was a new use of Internet technology in 1996 and viewers were stimulated both for its sociological implications and for sexual arousal. The JenniCam web site coincided with a rise in surveillance as a feature of popular culture, particularly reality television programs such as Big Brother, and as a feature of contemporary art and new media art.

Her pioneering concept has influenced prominent Internet personalities that we know like Justine Ezarik, Sarah Austin, Ana Voog and Justin Kan.

Clare Werbeloff (also known as The Chk Chk Boom Girl) is a 19-year-old Australian who became an Internet celebrity after giving a false account of a shooting outside a Kings Cross nightclub in Sydney.

In an interview with News Nine, Werbeloff said "This morning, my friends and I came out of a tattoo parlour and there were these two wogs fighting. And the fatter wog said to the skinnier wog, 'Oi bro, you slept with my cousin, eh?' And the other one said, 'No man, I didn't for shit, eh!' And the other one goes, 'I'll call on my fully sik boyz, eh!' And then he pulled out a gun and went CHK CHK BOOM!"

A parody dance song was created using her quotes, while T-shirts and mugs emblazoned with her words and image were being sold just a day after the clips were uploaded. Bloggers across the globe hotly debated the authenticity of Clare's account while a  Facebook group, Clare The Kings Cross Bogan, had attracted more than 13,000 fans.

Lauren Bernat (also known as the Wii Fit Girl) became a viral video sensation after her boyfriend, Giovanny Gutierrez, filmed her playing Wii Fit's interactive hula hoop game and uploaded it to YouTube.

The video has been viewed more than 2 million times and has spawned numerous copycats and parodies. The 26-year-old works in an advertising company, Tinsley Advertising, in the Miami area and lives with Gutierrez. Both Bernat and Gutierrez were believed to be actors and that the clip was an engineered viral video intended to impress Nintendo executives.

Magibon (マギボン, born August 9, 1986) is an American Internet personality on the video-sharing website YouTube.

Before becoming a YouTube celebrity, she worked as a pharmacy checkout clerk. She learned to speak isolated Japanese phrases from watching Japanese television dramas and listening to Japanese music.

By October 2008, Magibon had uploaded over 60 videos onto her YouTube channel since July 2006. Most of these videos are in the form of video blogs that exhibit her smiling silently into the camera. When asked whether she planned making the videos, she replied "I don't use scripts. There's no grand plan." Almost all her videos are under one minute. In some of her videos, Magibon speaks or sings in Japanese. Magibon is also a member of the YouTube Partner Program.

Magibon's vlogs and physical appearance are often subjected to criticism or rude remarks by English-speaking viewers. On the other hand, Japanese viewers, particularly Japanese males, tend to be more welcoming of her and her vlogs.

Kim Kardashian (born October 21, 1980) is "celebutante", socialite, model, actress, businesswoman, and television personality. She is best known for her social life and her role on the E! reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

She became famous for being famous like Paris Hilton. Her popularity was boosted by the fact she's one of the most searched name in the Internet not to mention her pictures from Playboy and her reality show. Her sex video with R&B singer Ray J also caused a sensation in 2007.

Lisa Donovan (born June 11, 1981) is an American actress and writer. Her self-produced comedic short films, published under the username LisaNova, are among the most viewed videos on YouTube.

Donovan uploaded her first video, "Introducing LisaNova," to YouTube on June 7, 2006. She has parodied a number of celebrities and public figures, including Keira Knightley, Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin and Lindsay Lohan. Her most popular video is a commercial parody entitled "Dumb Water." As of March 21, 2009, LisaNova is listed as the 40th most subscribed of all time and 11th most subscribed for directors with 161,824 subscribers. On July 10, 2007, Donovan posted a video titled "LisaNova does YOUTUBE!!!!", in which she kidnaps prominent YouTube users and forces them to comment to her subscribers, a reference to wide accusations that she has used spambots to send thousands of messages to other YouTube users and created hundreds of fake YouTube accounts for publicity. The video received more than 2.58 million views as of June 10, 2009.

Marié Christina Digby (born April 16, 1983) is a singer-songwriter, guitarist and pianist. She is perhaps best known for her acoustic cover version of Rihanna's No. 1 hit "Umbrella", which attracted attention on YouTube in 2007. The song was subsequently played on the radio station STAR 98.7, was featured on the highly rated third season opening episode of the MTV show The Hills, and peaked at #10 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart. Digby performed the song on the late night talk show Last Call with Carson Daly on August 2, 2007. Since then, Digby has released three studio albums, including one Japanese cover album.

Digby is recognized on YouTube for her simple popular music covers, which include Linkin Park, The Game, Rihanna, Maroon 5, and Nelly Furtado, as well as her original compositions. She has over 170,000 subscribers and her channel has been viewed over 4 million times. As of May 2009, she is the 11th most subscribed musician on YouTube, ahead of names like Chris Brown, Taylor Swift and Tay Zonday.

She also held an Autographed Guitar Giveaway Contest on YouTube. Contestants were asked to create an original video including her hit single "Say it Again" in any way. She once recorded a video of hers in the bathroom because "The bathroom has the best acoustics in the house".

Christina Lee is the fresh face that reports the developments and trends in console gaming. Her presence in the Playstation Network brings in a lot of joy among rabid Playstation 3 and PSP gamers.

Pulse provides fresh news in the world of Playstation gaming and with Lee's lovely voice, it makes me want to buy more games for my PS3. This should be a close game between Lee and another reporter, Veronica Belmont.

Veronica Ann Belmont (born July 21, 1982) is the co-host of the Revision3 show Tekzilla alongside Patrick Norton, and host of the monthly PlayStation 3-based video on demand program Qore. Formerly she was the host for the Mahalo Daily podcast and a producer and associate editor for CNET Networks, Inc. where she produced, engineered, and co-hosted the podcast Buzz Out Loud.

Belmont is more popular as host of Qore, Sony Computer Entertainment's subscription-based monthly lifestyle gaming program. She was named Sexiest Geek by Violet Blue in her 2007 Top 10 Sexiest Geeks list.

Tila Nguyen (born October 24, 1981), better known by her stage name Tila Tequila, is a Singapore-born singer, model, and television personality. She is known for her appearances in Stuff, Maxim, Penthouse, her role as host of the Fuse TV show Pants-Off Dance-Off and her position as the most popular artist on MySpace (according to page views) circa April 2006.

During 2005 Nguyen launched Tilafashion.com, a site featuring her custom line of clothing for men and women originally using the slogan "So hot you'll just want to take it all off!" In 2006 Tila created a website entitled "Tila Zone," which features content to use on Myspace and other social networking websites including layouts, widgets, and clipart.

Jessica Lee Rose (born April 26, 1987) is an actress who was raised in New Zealand. Rose gained popularity after playing the role of lonelygirl15, a fictional teenage homeschooled character named Bree who appeared in many video blogs on the popular video-sharing website YouTube. Her YouTube fame skyrocketed her to national attention, where she was able to use her newfound celebrity to win roles in various other movie, television, and web-based productions.

The lonelygirl15 video blogs, first appearing in the summer of 2006, featured Rose as a 16-year-old girl named Bree posting under the alias lonelygirl15. The videos, which seemed genuine and presented lonelygirl15 as an actual person, initially dealt with typical teenage angst issues but soon after introduced a bizarre narrative surrounding secret occult practices within her family. The series was an immediate hit and became the most subscribed channel on YouTube, but suspicions arose if the videos were genuine or some sort of a promotional gimmick. An investigation by the Los Angeles Times would reveal the lonelygirl15 videos as a work of fiction. A firestorm ensued in the news media through September 2006, during which Jessica Rose and the creators of lonelygirl15 were interviewed in magazines and television shows, and gained international attention. In October 2006, the United Nations chose Rose via her character Bree to participate in an ad campaign to promote the UN's antipoverty cause.

On August 3, 2007, Bree was killed off, as Rose's contract was not renewed because she had taken a role on Greek as "Jen K.", Rusty Cartwright's girlfriend. On the show, her character referenced the actress's break out role, stating "It's like I'm living with lonelygirl15!" Ironically Rose and Jacob Zachar, the actor who plays Rusty Cartwright, eventually started dating in real life. "Weeping Willow", a sixth season episode of the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, was inspired by the lonelygirl15 videos. In the episode, Michelle Trachtenberg plays a vlogger inspired by Rose's character, a vlogger named Weeping Willow who is kidnapped during a live Internet video; the kidnappers demand ransom through additional videos.

Amber Lee Ettinger (born October 2, 1982) is an actress, internet celebrity, and model. She first rose to fame as Obama Girl in her Internet video "I Got a Crush... on Obama", in which she expressed her admiration of then-U.S. Senator (now President) Barack Obama. The video led to numerous sketch comedy appearances and interviews on Saturday Night Live, Geraldo at Large and The O'Reilly Factor.

Later, she appeared in a new video called "Hillary! Stop the attacks! Love, Obama Girl" released on March 25, 2008. On May 7, 2008, Barely Political posted a YouTube video with Ettinger and former Democratic and Libertarian Party presidential candidate Mike Gravel, entitled "Mike Gravel Lobbies for the Obama Girl Vote." In the video, Gravel tries to persuade her to switch her support from Obama to him. Her response near the end of the video is, "I'll think about it."

In late September 2008, Ettinger made a YouTube video with Independent candidate Ralph Nader in which he argues that he should be included in the debates. The video was a spoof of conventional sit-coms and was called "The Obama Girl and Ralph Nader Show." Also featuring former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura, the video followed what would happen if Obama Girl and Ralph Nader shared an office.

In the Fall of 2008, Ettinger starred in a parody of "I Got a Crush on Obama" with a promotional video for EA's Red Alert 3. In it, she professes her allegiance to Howard Ackerman, a fictional presidential candidate played by actor J.K. Simmons.

Marina Orlova -- Марина Орлова -- (born December 10, 1980) is a Russian philologist (although primarily an etymologist) and author who has become an internet celebrity, hosting one of the most popular channels on YouTube, HotForWords, and a corresponding website. She also hosts a bi-weekly radio show on Maxim Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio. The theme of Orlova's YouTube videos, which begin with the tagline "Intelligence is Sexy", and of her website, is tracing the origins of English words. Some of her entries focus on common everyday words such as irony and OK, while others address lengthy and rarely used tongue-twisters such as floccinaucinihilipilification and antidisestablishmentarianism. Some entries also address idioms, including "let the cat out of the bag", "dressed to the nines" and "three sheets to the wind" or new words like the verb "to google". As a Moscow Times editorial observes, Orlova's success is not solely attributed to her pedagogical value:

"Marina exploits her blonde-bombshell looks to the maximum: She appears in her two-minute clips scantily clad, pouting and making doe eyes. This is surely the main factor in her success. However, while the number of scantily clad girls on the Internet is limitless, not all of them put so much intellectual effort into their success."

The channel became active in 2007, and Orlova has since been voted "World's #1 Sexiest Geek" in Wired Magazine's "Sexy Geek of the Year Contest" contest. G4 TV has similarly listed Orlova among its "Hot Women of the Net" on several occasions, and Cosmopolitan Magazine has identified her as the "most subscribed to YouTube guru". Orlova has appeared on a number of Fox shows including on The O'Reilly Factor, and was profiled on "The Medium", an internet feature of The New York Times Magazine. In June of 2008, Orlova and radio personality Danny Bonaduce signed endorsement deals with "coComment". As a G4TV profile of Orlova indicates, she received two degrees in philology from the Nizhny Novgorod State University in 2002 and taught English and world literature to high school students in Moscow before moving to the United States to pursue further education.

And oh, I'm a Hot For Words fan...

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