February 22, 2011, 2:08 PM —
Internet Sensations: Ah, Fleeting Fame
The Internet has transformed the world--connecting cultures, streamlining commerce, and revolutionizing communication. Oh yeah, and turning dudes bawling about Britney into international celebrities. Not unlike a mosquito-infested swamp, the Web has been a rich breeding ground of viral phenomena. But no sooner do they become worldwide stars than these cicada-lived celebs cease to exist. Or so it might seem.
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I tracked down some of the Internet's biggest overnight/one-night sensations to see what they've been up to since their 15 minutes on the Warhol clock expired. Some have settled into lives of quiet anonymity; others are now making grand livings off their Net-based notoriety.
But enough talk--ninjas, dancers, and a Turkish guy who just wants a kiss await. Start clicking and get caught up.