i am lonely will anyone speak to me

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"i am lonely will anyone speak to me" was the title of a thread that 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 was later moved to Moviecodec.com's branch site, The Lounge Forums,[6] but as of December 24, 2016, the website the thread is hosted on was shut down and can no longer be accessed.

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  1. ^ Chris Richardson (2005-06-22). "The Lonely Hearts Use Google As Well". Searchnewz.com. iEntry Inc. Archived from the original on 2005-03-15. Retrieved 2010-05-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  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". The Guardian. London. 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. Archived from the original on July 29, 2009. Retrieved 2014-07-22.

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