You’re in the right place if you’re looking for an influencer in tech, video games, failed cooking attempts, vlogs, and more! Justine Ezarik, aka iJustine, is an American YouTube personality, host, actress, and one of the best tech YouTubers. Known as a lifecaster, she communicates directly with millions of viewers on her Justin.tv channel, ijustine.tv.
iJustine grew up in Pittsburgh, and after graduating from Pittsburgh Technical Institute, she worked a couple of jobs as a video editor and graphic designer. Ezarik started out on a video streaming site called Justin.tv. Fun fact: The guys who owned the site are the ones who launched Twitch, a well-known video game site. Then Justine moved on to YouTube and became iJustine.
Today we use the word ‘influencer’ so interchangeably but Justine Ezarik was and continues to be one of the original influencers. When she was only 12, she taught herself HTML, and built her first website all the way back in 1996. Talking about tech products was always her passion, but in 2002 she wanted to put that passion to work. iJustine began blogging about Apple products while she was in college. When the iPhone debuted, the tech reviewer was invited by a Technology Evangelist to film her TV show. Not long after the release of iPhone 2, iJustine posted a video called “300 page iPhone bill”. This went viral. And other than her motivation, dedication and fun personality, it is the driving reason for her popularity today.
In 2006, she was named one of the 5 finalists in the Yahoo! Sponsored competition for best online videos. One of the top tech influencers was an occasional panel member and co-host alongside Leo Laporte on both tech podcasts Macbreak and Macbreak Weekly. Justine Ezarik’s journey as a lifecaster started out with a microphone and a wireless webcam on her own lifecasting channel iJustine on Justin.tv. She would basically transmit her life via the internet starting 2007, and as she mentioned herself she was gonna try to share as much of the 24/7 as possible. And she did. In 2009, she made Fast Company’s list of 50 Most Influential Women in Tech, while in 2012 she was named ‘The most influential person online’. In the same year, Daily Beast’s Digital Power Index named her the 6th most influential personality.
Her memoir ‘I, Justine’ was published in 2015. It shared her journey and experiences as a lifecaster. And in 2017, iJustine was featured in Forbes among top influencers in tech and business. Justine Ezarik also runs a podcast Same Brain with her sister Jenna Ezarik, where they discuss topics like tech dogs, gaming and fun.
One of the best tech YouTubers had guest appearances in popular TV shows like Criminal Minds, Vampire Diaries and The Bold and the Beautiful. Due to her huge success, Justine landed brand ambassador opportunities with the biggest brands out there including Amazon, Sony, LG, Ford, Mattel, Samsung, GE, Taco Bell, Sharpie, Microsoft, Doritos and Skittles. iJustine’s net worth is $2 million. Even though Justine Ezarik’s boyfriends might change, one thing is for sure – the top tech YouTuber is continuously building her empire. She was nominated for Teen Choice Awards thrice and Streamy Awards. And in 2011, she won the Webby Awards for best web personality/host.
If you like video games, tech, traveling, dogs and cooking like iJustine herself, then follow her because that’s literally all her content is about. She loves what she does and she enjoys sharing it with her followers.