We often write about the curse of modern celebrity, and how ill equipped today’s stars are to cope with the downsides of fame.
But Ana’s fame eclipsed that of today’s social media stars.
On August 22 1997, Ana Voog launched anacam – a webcam project that uploaded an image every few minutes of whatever Ana was doing at that point in her life. To put that number into context for you, in 1998 the total number of Internet users – globally – was 147 million.
Ana opened up her bedroom to the world – and the world was watching. By 1998, seven million people were watching anacam .
Later, Ana would conceive and birth her child, live on screen.
One out of 20 of the entire world’s online population was watching Ana’s bedroom, every day.
Ana considers herself to be a performance artist, and she went on to exhibit at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
And while the Anacam project ran for twelve years in total, numerous other splinter sites are on the web.Here is Ana’s Vimeo, featuring videos from 1997 up until the present day. If you wanted to, you could stitch all these sites together in a loose recreation of almost every day of Ana’s life since 1997.Which is a tall order, even for a well-connected member of the Kardashian clan.Ana was the Internet’s own home girl, achieving a level of fame matched only by fellow cam-girl Jennifer Ringley, whose Jenni Cam created the phenomenon that we now call life-casting.At the height of her fame, Ana had stalkers waiting outside her house, death threats – Warren Beatty even watched her having sex with her ex-boyfriend live on camera, stopping halfway through to order a pizza before getting down to more love-making.Tracking down Ana online is like disappearing down a digital rabbit hole.