Tuesday, May 29, 2007

YouTube Catapults Pole Vaulter's Career

I don't know. I think there are ways you can get yourself deleted from the Internet. Look at my post Without A Trace, about how TV news reporter Mai Shiozaki is MIA on the NET... Allison Stokke, pictured below, is the subject of a Washington Post article dealing with her brush with Internet fame. The lesson here: always make sure you look your best when you go out, even if it's just a quick hop for gas and a paper. (Remember: surveillance cameras, traffic cameras, papparazzi... Smile for the camera!)


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After dinner one evening in mid-May, Stokke asked her parents to gather around the computer. She gave them the Internet tour that she believed now defined her: to the unofficial Allison Stokke fan page ( http://www.allisonstokke.com), complete with a rolling slideshow of 12 pictures; to the fan group on MySpace, with about 1,000 members; to the message boards and chat forums where hundreds of anonymous users looked at Stokke's picture and posted sexual fantasies.

Early this month, 18-year-old Allison Stokke walked into her high school track coach's office and asked if he knew any reliable media consultants. Stokke had tired of constant phone calls, of relentless Internet attention, of interview requests from Boston to Brazil.

In her high school track and field career, Stokke had won a 2004 California state pole vaulting title, broken five national records and earned a scholarship to the University of California, yet only track devotees had noticed. Then, in early May, she received e-mails from friends who warned that a year-old picture of Stokke idly adjusting her hair at a track meet in New York had been plastered across the Internet. She had more than 1,000 new messages on her MySpace page. A three-minute video of Stokke standing against a wall and analyzing her performance at another meet had been posted on YouTube and viewed 150,000 times... [continued]

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  1. Hey – since you’re a YouTuber, you might want to check this out… There’s a video company that’s recruiting YouTubers and if they like your stuff, (and they should) they will actually pay you when your video gets a hit. Here’s their link www.flownetworkproductions.com/videorevenue.htm. It’s about time the people who make the videos get some of the money instead of it all going to YouTube!

  2. Jaycee_Valenzuela2:21 PM, May 30, 2007

    Heard you today on BBC


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