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August 23, 2006 2:27 PM   Subscribe

Calling it quits. Just two weeks after posting his first video (viewed over 1.7 million times since), Peter, the surprise star of YouTube, has posted his "Reluctant Farewell". [previously]
posted by Silky Slim (21 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
I saw this too while looking into the supposed fakery of LonelyGirl15. Amazing: he shot to #1 all-time subscribers like a mentos-rocket. He's just taking a break though. Not giving up completely.

Not that I watch those infernal vblogs.
posted by yeti at 2:49 PM on August 23, 2006


Hmm, the lonelygirl fakery bit is more interesting then the peter thing, which I always found boring (hardly "what we all thought the internet would be" as one FPP suggested). Anyone want to summarize his rational, I'm to lazy to watch a five minute vid.

As far as lonelygirl, well, Why does it have to be viral marketing related, rather then just the creation of some bored highschoolers.
posted by delmoi at 2:57 PM on August 23, 2006


One of those lonelygirl videos has 500,000 views. What the hell?
posted by smackfu at 3:00 PM on August 23, 2006


I've befriended several older gentlemen in my life, most of whom were alone in the world, having lost family and friends along the way, and found themselves in their twilight years having having nothing but the 30-something stranger from the flat upstairs as company.

As well as hearing some great stories, plenty of terrible non-pc jokes, and some questionable views on the day's events, I hope I've given them some at least basic human contact which they were otherwise, often tragically, lacking. It's not entirely altruistic - in my naturally pessimistic way, I often wonder if I'll be a lonely old man one day, with no-one to entertain with my tedious stories of how I survived World Wars 3-17.

Suffice to say, if this turns out to be an advert for Tango, I'll be annoyed.
posted by bokeh at 3:02 PM on August 23, 2006


LonelyGirl15 is as real as Liz Vicious (NSFW). This "Peter" I have my doubts about.
posted by meehawl at 3:05 PM on August 23, 2006


This post sucks. The original isn't even two weeks old yet.
posted by SeizeTheDay at 3:05 PM on August 23, 2006 [1 favorite]


Dude, fuck all of you. Why isn't he still broadcasting? Cos he had a heart attack and flatened out while dirtbiking. At seventy.

In summary: You're all god damn pussies.
posted by absalom at 4:07 PM on August 23, 2006


THANK YOU FOR THIS YOUTUBE UPDATE PLEASE KEEP ME ABREAST OF FURTHER DEVELOPMENTS IN THE VBLOGOSPHERE. KTHXBAI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!w213423
posted by keswick at 4:09 PM on August 23, 2006


lol
posted by Nquire at 4:18 PM on August 23, 2006


Anyone want to summarize his rational, I'm to lazy to watch a five minute vid.

Basically he's old and doesn't have the energy to respond to the thousands of people emailing him, sending him videos, and impersonating him.

But he's just taking a break, which as SeizeTheDay so tactfully suggested, makes this unworthy of another FPP so soon after the original.
posted by scottreynen at 4:20 PM on August 23, 2006


LonelyGirl15 is as real as Liz Vicious (NSFW). This "Peter" I have my doubts about.

Response 1) Damn she's hot. Response 2) Is that makeup or Photoshop? Response 3) God people's faces deteriorate from 'youthyness' quickly. Response 4) Drink.
posted by delmoi at 5:01 PM on August 23, 2006


quitting your blog is just one of the many ways to get people you dont know to tell you that they love you.

sign as desperation. if you wanna quit just quit. no need to announce anything.

tina fey was on snl for 9 years and didnt say goodbye. these youtubers could learn a little from her.
posted by tsarfan at 5:33 PM on August 23, 2006


Could someone let me in on that LonelyGirl15 character? The Wikipedia is a mess of edits, and contains no information. Doing google searches merely brought up a slew of blogs speculating on whether she was for real or not, but no info on who exactly she is or what she does.

Can someone give me a one-paragraph summary of this LonelyGirl thing? =)
posted by LoopyG at 5:39 PM on August 23, 2006


So in summation, old dude makes videos, lots of yahoos watch them, then he doesn't make them for a while.
Stellar.
posted by signal at 6:44 PM on August 23, 2006


Earlier today, I needed to place "Dios Callouts" On Notice--they've become incredibly tiresome. To make room, I decided that YouTube would be the first to bear the unendurable shame of becoming Dead To Me.

I'm glad to see that I made the right decision.
posted by Galvatron at 7:20 PM on August 23, 2006


Wait--Liz Vicious isn't real? NOOOOOOOOO

I just thought she was proudly carrying on the Vicious family name.
posted by First Post at 9:32 PM on August 23, 2006


I love this old guy. What a charming bastard. Too bad he's put the brakes on.
posted by caddis at 9:58 PM on August 23, 2006


Ditto to caddis. Elder folk are awesome.
posted by zennie at 10:26 PM on August 23, 2006


for those who wanted more substance...
peter on the washington post, the guardian, channel 4 (last link youtube)
posted by Silky Slim at 4:20 AM on August 24, 2006


Can someone give me a one-paragraph summary of this LonelyGirl thing? =)
posted by LoopyG at 8:39 PM EST on August 23 [+] [!]
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Sure. Pretty girl makes videos about nonsense. People watch because people will always watch pretty girls. Ugly girls and guys make videos, but no one watches.
posted by Pastabagel at 7:28 AM on August 24, 2006


One notable aspect of the LonelyGirl15 situation is the Aleister Crowley connection. YouTubers have noticed a picture of the famous occultist in her room (never mentioned or explained by her). This is offered as evidence that it's all Blair Witch style viral movie marketing.
posted by drew3d at 10:27 AM on August 24, 2006


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