|Date Joined:||January 1, 2007|
|Date Shut Down:||N/A|
|*Last updated:||August 31, 2012|
Hank Green is a musician and entrepreneur while John Green is an award winning author. As well as vlogbrothers, they run the educational channels scishow (Hank only) and crashcourse; a gaming channel called hankgames; and a video quiz show called Truth or Fail.
Brotherhood 2.0 started on the 1st of January 2007. John Green was interested in video blogging and wanted to start a YouTube channel with his brother. The basis of the project was to stop all text communication and use vlogs instead. Videos were posted every weekday and had features such as song Wednesdays, when Hank would sing about various things such as Harry Potter. It was the song "Accio Deathly Hallows," made for the seventh Harry Potter book, that brought Vlogbrothers into the spotlight and increased their popularity. Although they were meant to end their project at the end of 2007, their popularity and enjoyment of vlogging meant they decided to continue making videos, but less frequently, and continue to do so now.
Nerdfighteria is the community that has grown around John and Hank's videos. The term "Nerdfighters" was made when John misread the name Aerofighters on an arcade game, and was reminded of a term created by one of his favourite YouTubers Ze Frank.. The name stuck and now is a well known name throughout online communities.
Nerdfighters adopt terms such as "made of awesome" and "French the llama" to both describe things and identify with other Nerdfighters. A catchphrase that Nerdfighters use a lot is "DFTBA", an initialism that stands for "Don't Forget to be Awesome." It is often used as a way of saying goodbye to someone or is written on blog descriptions so others know they are a Nerdfighter.
There are often meet ups that Nerdfighters have, sometimes joined by Hank and/or John. The meet ups involve going to historic landmarks, museums, discussing things, or just singing and dancing. If Hank and/or John are there then John may read from one of his books while Hank sings songs. In the past there have been two tours called "Tour de Nerdfighting" in which Hank and John toured around America to read from John's most recent book, sing songs, do signings and meet Nerdfighters. The possibility of a tour in another country has been considered but John thinks it would be too hard as he has a very young son.
Other popular YouTubers such as charlieissocoollike and nerimon are considered Nerdfighters due to their association with the brothers.
Projects and Charity
John and Hank created the convention Vidcon, in which YouTubers can perform comedy and songs and do signings. It started in July in 2010 and 1,400 people attended. In 2011, 2,500 people attended. The upcoming event is expected to have around 5,000 people attending.
John and Hank are big supporters of the charity This Star Won't Go Out, a cancer charity founded by the parents of a Nerdfighter (Esther Earl) who died of thyroid cancer in 2010. They sell the wristbands on their website dftba.com and can always be seen wearing them.
Every year they host the YouTube event Project for Awesome, in which many YouTubers try to get the event to be on the front page of YouTube to raise support. Livestreams are done by popular YouTubers where they will do challenges to get people to donate. An example of this is John drawing all over his face with Sharpie, which has become a popular video amongst the Nerdfighter community. Other people will make videos advertising a charity of their choice. People will vote for a charity and donate. The charities with the most votes will get a share of the money.