- This article is about the YouTube channel. For the brothers who created it, see John Green and Hank Green
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|Slogan||Don't Forget To Be Awesome (DFTBA)|
|Type of site||YouTube channel|
|Created by||Hank and John Green|
|Launched||January 1, 2007|
VlogBrothers is a video blog style channel on YouTube. The Internet-based show is created and hosted by brothers, John Green and Hank Green. The first incarnation of the brothers' online broadcasting was the "Brotherhood 2.0" project, preceding the establishment of the pair's regular vlogging activity through the VlogBrothers channel.
The Greens state that their vlog has no consistent format: “Really, it's not about anything in particular. Whether we're talking about our lives, making each other laugh, or trying to get something more important across, people seem to enjoy it.” The followers of VlogBrothers are known individually as Nerdfighters, and collectively as Nerdfighteria.
The channel passed one million subscribers on March 5, 2013.
Brotherhood 2.0 Project
The Green brothers, strongly inspired by the show with zefrank, devised the Brotherhood 2.0 project late in 2006. The project was launched on January 1 of 2007, based on the premise that the brothers would cease all text-based communication for one year and, instead, converse by video blogs every weekday. The project was made available to the public on YouTube, as well as through the brothers' own Brotherhood 2.0 website. On July 18, 2007, Hank Green uploaded a video of himself playing and singing his song "Accio Deathly Hallows" in honor of the seventh Harry Potter book. This video was the first VlogBrothers video to make the front page of YouTube, and the starting point of the brothers' success as vloggers. The Brotherhood 2.0 Project ended on December 31, 2007. However, the brothers decided to continue uploading videos on YouTube due to having a growing fan base and their popularity.
VlogBrothers post-Brotherhood 2.0
In their December 31, 2007, video, the brothers revealed their decision to continue vlogging even though the project had ended. Following the conclusion of Brotherhood 2.0, a website was set up for their community, known as nerdfighters. The website was originally maintained solely by Hank Green, but is now updated and moderated by a group of community volunteers known as the "Ningmasters". New projects, videos, discussions, groups and forums entirely made by the VlogBrothers fan community are uploaded daily. The brothers' videos continue to be the basis of the international community known as "Nerdfighteria".
On January 20, 2010, John Green went on paternity leave and "Secret Sister" Maureen Johnson made videos in his place until February 10, 2010. John's only vlog during that period was on January 28, when he read from J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye as a eulogy/tribute to the author. John Green introduced his son Henry Green upon his return to vlogging on February 15, 2010.
Hank Green's video, The Ice Cream Changes, was featured on a CBS News article. Hank Green was interviewed by Forbes in May 2011. Hank's musical video about Tumblr was featured on The Huffington Post, as well.
On January 15, 2013, they featured in 'An Evening of Awesome at Carnegie Hall' celebrating the anniversary of John's novel The Fault in Our Stars. The Evening of Awesome also featured The Mountain Goats, Kimya Dawson, and Neil Gaiman. It was a two hour livestreamed event and as of January 16, 2013, is available for viewing on the Vlogbrothers' main YouTube channel.
On February 2013, John Green participated in a Google+ Hangout with Barack Obama during which Green's wife Sarah was finally revealed to the world. Prior to this, she had not been seen on camera or in any of his blogs, preferring not to join her husband on camera. Her elusive attitude immediately granted her the nickname "The Yeti".
On March 5, 2013, the channel hit 1 million subscribers and both brothers live-tweeted the occasion. John Green explained that the Brotherhood 2.0 channel was started more than 2,000 days prior to the milestone.
In November 2013, John Green created a video discussing bullying in general, as well as his personal experience with getting bullied.
Film production studio Fox announced that the film adaptation of John Green's young adult novel, "The Fault in Our Stars", will be released on June 6, 2014.
Launch of other Projects
The duo also created a sub-project of VlogBrothers called Truth or Fail, an interactive game show on YouTube. The game is often themed, and consists of five rounds of two statements each, relating to the theme. One statement is true, and the other is false. It is often hosted by Hank, but has had a variety of guest hosts including Charlie McDonnell, Elmify, and many more.
Hank has also started a gaming channel, Hankgames. It features Hank, his wife Katherine, John, and occasionally Charlie McDonnell and Michael Aranda playing video games such as Minecraft, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, and FIFA 11.
More successfully, the Green Brothers launched Crash Course, SciShow, and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries on YouTube in late 2011 and early 2012. In 2013, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries won an Emmy Award for Original Interactive Program.
P4A and VidCon
Crash Course is an educational channel that was launched by Hank Green and John Green as a secondary channel to VlogBrothers. Crash Course launched a preview on December 2, 2011. Having finished their courses on biology and world history, Hank and John both did mini-series on Ecology and Literature respectively. Following the conclusion of these series, Hank began another year-long series on Chemistry, and John on American History. Crash Course was funded by YouTube's $100 million original channel initiative. The graphics of Crash Course videos are created by Thought Café and Thought Bubble.
SciShow is a series of science-related videos on YouTube hosted by Hank. SciShow was launched as an original channel. Several different scientific fields are covered by SciShow. Among these are Organic and Thermodynamic Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Climatology, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Evolutionary Biology and several miscellaneous fields. The topics on videos uploaded onto SciShow varied; for example, one video detailed the origins of "cute".
DFTBA and Nerdfighteria
DFTBA is an initialism that stands for "Don't Forget To Be Awesome", the Green brothers' catchphrase, often followed by a hand sign (or "gang sign," as it is jokingly referred to by Hank and John). The Nerdfighter "gang sign" is the Vulcan salute from Star Trek done on both hands instead of just one, with arms crossed and palms facing inwards. Since the VlogBrothers have taken off, many t-shirts and posters have been made featuring the phrase. The brothers often use it to say goodbye at the end of their video blogs (or "vlogs"). Additionally, Nerdfightheria is an internet subculture, which has inspired on-campus clubs. Benedict Cumberbatch has been noted demonstrating the subculture's "gang sign".
DFTBA is also the name for a VlogBrothers' record label that helps to produce the music of several different independent groups. Several of the groups are members of the YouTube community, including Chameleon Circuit, Charlie McDonnell, NicePeter, Smosh, Rhett and Link, and Elliott Morgan & Joe Bereta of SourceFed.
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