JK Keller has been taking a self-portrait a day since 'Tearin' Up My Heart' by NSYNC was at the top of MTV's 'Total Request Live.'
The first two major viral photo-a-day projects came out in 2006 (ironically, within 3 weeks of each other), although one became so iconic it is now the template for all pic-a-day parodies (see it and the surprisingly touching Simpsons version below). JK Keller was already almost 8 years deep into his project at that point. This is pretty mind-blowing. The word "selfie" had yet to plague the English language. The concept of a self-portrait a day only existed among snooty art students, and certainly hadn't been tested on a mass audience. Yet this guy was already doing it before it was trendy (as were the very first people to do it, obviously).
The first mega-viral photo-a-day video:
Not only that, but he didn't upload whatever he had on hand in 2006 when Noah's clip first went viral. From a purely greedy perspective, maybe that was a mistake. His confusing title on YouTube seems to imply that he's aware of this drawback, but also the possible benefit: "Idiot takes 16 yrs of daily self-portraits despite better, longer, more popular projects, his face" (sic). It cuts off there. He seems to know that maybe this would have been bigger 7 years ago. But then again, his face actually ages a lot compared to those other videos, and that makes this a unique Internet artifact.