The internet has been creating celebrities for years but in 2012 the opportunity for fame especially increased. Although we’ve mainly been entertained by these 15 people, we also saw a viral philanthropy movement. Below are a few stories of the 15 people who famously caught the Internet’s attention in 2012.
Karen Klein (Bullied Bus Monitor)
New York resident and bus monitor Karen Klein received more than $700,000 from the Internet after being bullied in June by middle schoolers. The story shared from Reddit to other online communities, eventually reaching mainstream media. After the story went viral, Klein was flooded with sympathies and donations from online strangers. She used a portion of the money to launch an anti-bullying foundation.
Skydiver Felix Baumgartner broke records when he jumped from the middle of the earth’s stratosphere, 24 miles above the planet! Not only did Baumgartner break physical records, the livestream shattered the YouTube record and became the most-watched streaming event in history.
He is a Korean pop singer Park Jae Sung who released a song called “Gangnam Style,” in July. The catchy tune gained the attention of more than 8 million YouTube views within two weeks. Today, the original video boasts over 700 million views and broke the Guieness World Record for most likes on YouTube.
Please see below for the remaining 12 famous by the internet:
Carly Rae Jepsen
Zeddie Little (Ridiculously Photogenic Guy)
Michael Brutsch (Violentacrez)
Jamie Lynne Grumet
Bobak Ferdowsi (NASA Mohawk Guy)
Laina Walker (Overly Attached Girlfriend)