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Internet Celebrities, Philanthropists

Craig Newmark

January 2, 2015
Craig Newmark

Born in Morristown, New Jersey, in 1952, internet icon Craig Newmark originally attended Case Western University intending to study physics, but instead got into computers and earned his bachelor’s and master’s in computer science. After working with IBM for 17 years, then GM, Bank of America and Charles Schwab, Newmark created an email distribution list in 1995 in order to publicize arts and technology events for friends in the San Francisco area. In 1996, the list evolved into a web-based service and added additional categories and, twenty years later, craigslist is one of the most popular websites in the world, serving 20 billion pageviews per month in over 70 countries.

In March of 2011, Newmark launched craigconnects, his initiative to link everyone on the planet using social media to bear witness to good efforts and encourage the same behavior in others. Evolving from Newmark’s years of personal involvement with non-profit organizations, craigconnects supports technology and platforms that enhance connectivity, help more people and organizations do good in the world, and improve and ensure media integrity.

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Authors, Bloggers, Internet Celebrities

Lauren White

October 7, 2014

Way back in November of 2000, long before most people had even heard the term “blog,” Lauren White created raymitheminx.com, an online diary on which she began posting regular updates about her life and, later, photographs of herself and the world around her. With each sharply-written post, Lauren’s online popularity grew, and her uniquely honest voice soon became one of the most influential on the internet. The recipient of numerous blogging awards, White’s no-holds-barred writing style oozes with attitude, and long after many bloggers who rose to fame in the early and middle 2000s closed up shop, she continues to post nearly every day with recaps of her life and adventures in and around Toronto. Now celebrating her 15th year of blogging, White is undeniably a pioneer, provocateur and trendsetter.

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Internet Celebrities

Chris Scott

July 25, 2014

On May 14, 2014, Boston resident and Twitter user Chris Scott sent out the following tweet to his 1,000 followers…

“Oh hi Becky who refused to kiss me during spin the bottle in 6th grade & now wants to play FarmVille, looks like tables have fucking turned.”

With those 139 characters, Scott would unwittingly become a Twitter celebrity. After comedian Mary Charlene retweeted Scott’s Becky joke to her 160,000 followers a month later, the initial tweet went viral. Some 23,000 retweets and 33,000 favorites later, Chris Scott has been plagiarized by hundreds of fellow Twitter users and was even accused of stealing the joke by Jordan Carlos, one of the stars of MTV2’s Guy Code — an accusation that was later rescinded when Carlos failed to find any evidence that he had used the line on the show.

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Internet Celebrities

Meagan Simmons

June 27, 2014

Roughly thirty miles northeast of Tampa, Florida, lies the town of Zephyrhills. With a population of just over 10,000, Zephyhills is a small, tight-knit community perhaps best known for being the home of Zephyrhills bottled water.

But these days, perhaps the most famous resident of Zephyhills is Meagan Simmons, who became an online sensation in 2010 after her photogenic mugshot — the result of a reckless driving arrest — became a popular internet meme and she was dubbed the “Attractive Convict.” While the former Hooters waitress only spent a mere eight hours in jail, her legacy remains strong years later.

Simmons has stated that the photo, along with her resulting notoriety, served as a wake up call, one that motivated her to change her life, become a medical assistant and focus on raising her four children.

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