If you were an active user on Twitter in 2014, you may have been there to witness firsthand the explosion of a new internet celebrity. Alex from Target. The youngster never knew how turning up for work in his Texas hometown would be the beginning of a whole new adventure in his life. In fact, that day at work was so significant that his entire world was about to change.
A young girl with a crush couldn’t help but snap a photo of her fantasy beau, which she promptly uploaded to Twitter. It was this decision that saw Alex from Target become the new face of the internet, as thousands of people across the globe all shared the latest internet sensation. From talk show offers to flying across the country, life was all set to change for this youngster who found himself swept up in the whirlwind experience. After one shift changed his whole life, whatever happened to the boy behind the name tag?
Since its creation back in 2006, the popularity of Twitter has skyrocketed. Around 330 million people log onto the site every month to keep up to date with their friends, and favorite celebrities. In the (newly introduced) 280 character limit, people can express their thoughts, opinions, and daily lives, in short, quick updates. As far as singer Katy Perry is concerned, using Twitter is a breeze – as the legend is the most followed person on the site with more than 108 million followers. The number of people using the site means that the right hashtags, or uploading the right post at the right time, can soon see someone take the whole internet by storm.
Kyle Ayers, Jason Sweeney, and Justin Halpern have all learned how to use humor to dominate the online world of Twitter with their various stories and updates. However, for Alex, it wasn’t his choice that he became the new face of the internet. So how would the 16 year old cope with all the attention coming his way at such a young age? The self-confessed introvert was minding his own business at work when everything was flipped upside down, and life became one big rollercoaster for the star. Nearly four years on and we have started to wonder, whatever happened to the boy that began life at the checkout? Did he continue with his internet fame? Perhaps he decided to keep his life out of the limelight? We need answers to the mystery behind Alex from Target.
Social media has given birth to a considerable number of internet celebrities over the last few years. With the likes of Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube giving people a whole new way to branch out into the world, one clever post or a hilarious picture can suddenly see someone shoot to worldwide fame. In 2014 Alex LaBeouf was the subject of a photo that got the entire internet talking. Heading in for his usual shift for his job at Target was about to change this young man’s life forever…