Tyler Oakley

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Tyler Oakley
Tyler Oakley.jpg
Tyler Oakley at Vidcon 2012.
Born(1989-03-22) March 22, 1989 (age 24)
Jackson, Michigan, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
OccupationInternet personality
Years active2007–present
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Website
Tyler Oakley's channel on YouTube
 
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Tyler Oakley
Tyler Oakley.jpg
Tyler Oakley at Vidcon 2012.
Born(1989-03-22) March 22, 1989 (age 24)
Jackson, Michigan, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
OccupationInternet personality
Years active2007–present
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Website
Tyler Oakley's channel on YouTube

Tyler Oakley (born March 22, 1989) is an American YouTube personality and advocate for LGBT youth, presenting on topics such as queer politics and pop culture.[1][2][3]

Oakley began making videos in 2007; his first video has received over 70,000 views on YouTube.[4][5] Since uploading his first video while a freshman at Michigan State University, his work, over 280 videos, has, as of March 2014, over 137,000,000 views and over 4 million subscribers.[6][7] He is a former member of the successful collaboration channel "5AwesomeGays," where he produced the Friday video for over three years. Currently, he is described as having "one of the loudest voices on YouTube," and Bloomberg defines him as a "YouTube sensation."[2][8] He was featured in the 2014 Frontline investigative report, "Generation Like," a follow-up to the 2001 documentary, "The Merchants of Cool."[9][10] According to SocialBlade's Channel rating system, as of February 2014, Oakley's YouTube channel holds a grade A, with a subscriber rank of 90th, a video rank at 1,412th with a personal SocialBlade rating of 151st.[7]

Since March 2013, he co-hosts a weekly pop-culture news update – "Top That!" – with Becca Frucht for PopSugar.[11] He posts regularly on several social networking sites, including: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, where he has hundreds of thousands of followers on each platform, including 2.2 million Twitter followers.[6][10][12][13]

Oakley supports The Trevor Project, an organization for the prevention of suicide in LGBTQ youth. He has interned with them, hosted a red carpet event, and raised over $25,000 in support of their work.[8][14][15][16] He has also interned at Bowery. Other ventures include: working as a resident mentor; teacher's assistant; product marketer/developer at Michigan State University; social media and communication manager at Chictopia; and director of social media at Good Ideas for Good Causes.

Social Media

Oakley is an active member across all mediums of social media having amassed a Twitter following of 2.2 million.[17]

A self-proclaimed "professional fangirl," Oakley is a fan of Darren Criss from Glee.[2] He also sang Christmas carols on stage with One Direction and Jerry Springer.[18]

References

  1. ^ "Young YouTube Partners: Finding Success as Entrepreneurs and Internet Stars", Huffington Post December 31, 2012 , Alfonso Espina
  2. ^ a b c "Tyler Oakley Is A Bigger Fangirl Than You", Huffington Post, February 02, 2013, Aja Romano
  3. ^ "Tyler Oakley tells TCU audience how YouTube brought hate but also inspired him to fight it", 5 March 2012, Dallas Voice.
  4. ^ "Tyler Oakley's first video". Youtube.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  5. ^ Coreylambert.com "An Interview with Tyler Oakley", February 20, 2013
  6. ^ a b "YouTube, with up-to-date number of video views and subscribers". Youtube.com. 2007-09-18. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  7. ^ a b Jason Urgo. "YouTube Statistics for Tyleroakley". Socialblade.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  8. ^ a b "Lady Gaga Honored With Google Inc. at 'Trevor Live' Presented by Audi of America and ING", Bloomberg, December 5, 2011
  9. ^ "Frontline: Generation Like". Kpbs.org. 2014-02-17. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  10. ^ a b "Meet Tyler Oakley, YouTube’s Self-Proclaimed “Peter Pan”". Pbs.org. 2014-02-18. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  11. ^ PopSugar," "Grumpy Cat, Kim Kardashian in Flats, and More — Your Pop Culture Cheat Sheet!" March 29, 2013
  12. ^ "Fame game different in Internet age". Delawareonline.com. 2014-02-17. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  13. ^ "Tyler on Twitter". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  14. ^ February 11, 2011 "Local YouTuber Tyler Oakley finds a big audience online" Jennifer Eberbach, AnnArbor.com
  15. ^ June 18, 2013 "Tyler Oakley | Vlogger Personality" Ed Carrasco, NewMediaRockstars.com
  16. ^ "Tyler Oakley's Trevor Project Birthday", Huffington Post Michael Varrati
  17. ^ "Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  18. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2014-03-11.