I am lonely will anyone speak to me

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"i am lonely will anyone speak to me" is the title of a thread which was posted on the Internet forum of the video codec downloads site Moviecodec.com, and had become "the web's top hangout for lonely folk."[1][2] The thread began July 14, 2004; it was the first hit when the phrase "I am lonely" was entered into the Google search engine though it has since dropped.

It was featured in the magazines Wired,[2] Guardian Unlimited,[3] and The New Yorker.[4] Bjarne Lundgren, the webmaster of Moviecodec.com, has stated "Like-minded people tend to flock together and, in this case, Google helped in flocking them together on my site".[2]

Mark Griffiths, a researcher in internet psychology at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, also addressed this question, stating: "There are a lot of lonely people out there. Some people rely heavily on technology and end up treating it as an electronic friend, a sounding board — just writing it down can make you feel better... That doesn't change their psychological world at that moment, but creating a kinship with like-minded people can help. You're all in this virtual space together."[2]

Due to its large community, Bjarne created a new forum entitled "A Lonely Life",[5] for the thread's numerous lonely inhabitants to move to. The original thread is now located on Moviecodec.com's branch site, The Lounge Forums.[6]

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  1. ^ iEntry Inc. (2005-06-22). "The Lonely Hearts Use Google As Well". Searchnewz.com. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d Robert Andrews (2005-06-30). "Misery Loves (Cyber) Company". Wired.com. Archived from the original on 10 January 2009. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  3. ^ Oliver Burkeman (2005-08-30). "Oliver Burkeman: Anybody there? | Technology". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  4. ^ Ratliff, Evan (2009-01-07). "The World Wide Web: Hello, Loneliness". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  5. ^ "A Lonely Life Forums". alonelylife.com. Retrieved 2010-01-11. 
  6. ^ "i am lonely will anyone speak to me". Lounge.moviecodec.com. Retrieved 2014-07-22. 

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