Reply Girls

Reply Girls

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Added Feb 24, 2012 at 12:08PM EST by zqfmbg153.

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About

“Reply Girls”, are female YouTubers who are known for uploading videos in response to an already popular or trending video in an attempt to capitalize on the high view counts. They typically use sexually suggestive thumbnails, often with prominently exposed cleavage, to solicit views.

Origin

Canadian YouTuber Alejandra Gaitan created a new YouTube channel titled "thereplygirl"[2] on July 18th, 2011, where she began uploading videos using thumbnails showing exposed cleavage (shown below, left) as replies to up-and-coming YouTube videos. On August 9th, 2011, YouTuber MeganLeeHeart[1], created the "MeganSpeaks"[6] YouTube channel, in which she began uploading reply videos with similar exposed-cleavage thumbnails of arrows pointing at her chest (shown below, right). Within seven months, the channel received over 10 million views and thousands of dislikes.


Re: LADY GAGA "DRESSES UP" FOR 111,149 views - 2 months ago 1:50 HAVE SEX WITH ME ??2 106,767 views - 3 months 1:50 ago Re: Somebody That l Used to Know -Walk 104,199 views-1 month ago 0:37 M 34. Re: yn Hnkonan OcTpoBckoro 150 Kopn 1.mp4 yn HuKonaa 1.mp4 OcTpoBckoro 150 Kopn 1.mp4 This video yn HKonaA OcTpoBCKoro 150 SCARED Feb 28, 2012| Views: 169 | Partner rating: TV-Y 1:25 NIP 33. Re: J. Lo Nip Slip On Oscars "J. Lo Nip Slip On Oscars" SLPJ.Lo Nip Slip On Oscars This video J. Lo Nip Slip On Oscars was trolling. J. Lo Nlip.. Aired: Feb 28, 20121 Views: 134 | Partner rating: TV-Y 0:40 NICE 32. Re: NicePeter and Friends. "NicePeter and Friends." NicePeter and Friends. This video NicePeter and Friends.was cool. NicePeter and Frie PETER! Aired: Feb 28, 20121 Views: 172 | Partner rating: TV-Y 1:18 31. Re: More Great Dance Dares! "More Great Dance Dares!" More Great Dance Dares! This video More Great Dance Dares! was funny! More Great Aired: Feb 28, 2012 | Views: 146 | Partner rating: TV-Y YOUR 2:02

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On February 11th, 2012, YouTuber icklenellierose uploaded a video titled “Dear Reply Girls” (shown below, left), in which she criticizes the trend for being annoying and obtrusive. On February 15th, YouTuber Skweezy followed suit by calling for YouTube viewers to boycott reply girls videos (shown below, right). Within one year, the video received over 1.1 million views and 8,600 comments.



On Feburary 23rd, a thread titled "Reply girls’ ruining YouTube” was posted to the forums for the Minecraft podcast Yogscast.[4] The original poster argued that the reply girl videos were actually spam and thereby violate the YouTube terms of service against “misleading descriptions, tags, titles or thumbnails in order to increase views.” The same day, a rage comic about reply girl videos (shown below) was submitted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) gamer subreddit /r/gaymers.[8] On February 24th, The Daily Dot[3] published an article describing the reply girl phenomenon as “Tittiepocalypse" and commented on the use of cleavage photos in thumbnails as well as the growing backlash against the videos.


RE: Guild Wars 2 Beta: Human Part 12 by rosekely88 305 views Re: Guild Wars 2 Beta: Human Part 1 Starting by Meganspeals 350 view NOT EVERYONE WANTS TO SEE YOUR CLEAVAGE! ! ! BETAGuild Wars 2 Beta: Cham DW Part 1 - Fury of the Dead LandonProduction 1,408 visws Guild Wars 2 Beta Human Part 2 by JessicaReview re: Guild Wars 2 Bota Norn Part 2 Hearts and by TheRepygin 368 views Re: Guild Wars 2 Beta: Charr Part 1 - Fury ot the by Meganspeals 229 viaw Guild Wars 2 Beta: Norn Part 1 by LandonProduction 2,502 views BETA Guild Wars 2 Beta Human Part 1 Starting LandanProduction Guild Wars 2 Beta: Char Part 2 The Death Star by thatour818 8,480 viaws

MeganLeeHeart Controversy

On February 23rd, 2012, YouTuber blogger HappyCabbie[14] published a post titled "MeganLeeHeart threatens to have someone killed," which included embedded screen shots of a message from Heart threatening another YouTuber with violence if they copied her video descriptions. Two days later, YouTuber cheekizms uploaded a video featuring footage from Heart's old SkitsNVlogs web series and messages showing Heart threatening other users with physical harm.



On March 5th, 2012, The Daily Dot[30] reported that Heart had been accused of working with accomplice and boyfriend Brian Martin, also known on YouTube as LifeInATent[32], to use bots to take out competitor reply girls videos with a screenshot of an e-mail sales receipt for “540K YouTube Viral Views” billed to Brian Martin (shown below). However, this has been contested by Heart, who claims the receipt was photoshopped.[33] On May 16th, The Daily Dot[31] ran an interview with reply girl Alejandra Gaiten, who claimed Heart threatened to release her personally identifying information and physically harm her.


Web Accept Payment Received (Unique Transaction ID # Name: Brian Martin (The sender of this payment is U.S. - Verified) Email: kmartintv@gmail.com Payment Sent to: payments@im Total amount: $920.50 USD Fee amount: -$0.79 USD Net amount: $919.71 USD You have up to 60 days to refund the payment. Item amount: $920.50 USD Sales Tax: $0.00 USD Shipping: $0.00 USD Handling: $0.00 USD Quantity:1 Item Title: 540K YouTube Viral Views Custom: 1063. Date: Feb 25, 2012 Time: 17:38:53 PST Status: Completed Payment Type: Instant Shipping:

Anti-Reply Girl Script

On February 26th, 2012, a "YouTube Anti Replygirls" script was submitted to the hosting site Userscripts.org,[7] which allowed users to remove known reply girls videos from their YouTube pages, including lauratickled,[11] supercomicbookgirl[12] and bot accounts like JessicaReview.[13]

Official Complaints

On February 27th, 2012, a Change.org[5] petition was created urging Google and YouTube to take a stance against the video spam. Within 24 hours the petition had received over 3,000 signatures. Several complaint threads have been created on the YouTube Help[9] forum calling for the service to put an end to the reply girls videos on the site.


change.org Start a Petition Browse PetitionsFind Login or Sign Up Google & YouTube: Give YouTube Users Tools to Combat Video Spam Signatures SIGN THIS PETITION 3,004 out of 2,000,000 Petitioning Google & YouTube First Name Last Name Created By Seiaeka K Canada Email Address City State Select Outside U.S. About this Petition Petition Letter Petition Updates Zip Code Why This Is Important Why are you signing? Add a reason (optional) With the recent uprising of the Anti-ReplyGirls movement, it has become apparent that YouTube users are in need of tools to combat what they consider video spam SIGN Fortunately, the movement's cause is not unjustified or just baseless complaining. According to the Google/YouTube TOS Community Guidelines, "Everyone hates spam. Do not create misleading descriptions, tags, titles or thumbnails in order to increase views. It's not OK to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted or repetitive content, including comments and private messages." Display my signature publicly By siqning, you accept Change.orq's terms of service

Notable Videos

Search Interest

External References

[1] YouTube – MeganLeeHeart

[2] YouTube – TheReplyGirl

[3] Daily Dot – YouTube or boob tube? Reply Girls scandal rocks video world

[4] Yogscast – Reply Girls ruining YouTube

[5] Change.org – Google & YouTube Give YouTube Users Tools to Combat Video Spam

[6] YouTube – MeganSpeaks

[7] User Scripts – YouTube Anti Reply Girls

[8] Reddit – Dear YouTube Reply Girls

[9] Google – reply girls

[10] Pastebin – YouTube Reply Girls

[11] YouTube – LauraTickled

[12] YouTube – Jessi Kandy

[13] YouTube – Jessica Review

[14] Blogspot – MeganLeeHeart threatens to have someone killed

[16] Blogspot – Scary leaked Skype conversation from LifeInATent, MeganLeeHeart's boyfriend

[17] Daily Dot – Why MeganLeeHeart and LifeInATent are illegally botting as YouTube's Bonnie and Clyde in crime

[18] Blogspot – Why did Machinima defend MeganLeeHeart till the bitter end?

[19] YouTube – MeganSpeaksMore

[20] YouTube – TheReplyGirlForever

[21] YouTube – NellyRocks

[22] YouTube – HeyLovellie

[23] Daily Dot – Confessions of a reply girl

[24] Daily Dot – Why YouTube’s reply girls are here to stay

[25] Daily Dot – YouTube's attempts to stop suggestive spam have failed, caused the reply girls to return

[26] Vidstatsx – MeganSpeaks' Video Status History

[27] Social Blade – MeganSpeaks' Video Status History

[28] YouTube – HappyCabbie's Documentary Video on Reply Girls

[29] YouTube – TimeWithMegan

[30] The Daily Dot – YouTubes Most Hated

[31] The Daily Dot – Confessions of a reply girl

[32] YouTube – LifeInATent's / Brian Martin's MrInternetable channel

[33] Twitter – @MeganLeeHeart's Tweet

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