Oakley began making videos in 2007; his first video Raindrops has received almost 500,000 views on YouTube as of November 19, 2017. Tyler was pushed to make a YouTube channel by a childhood friend he met when he went on a trip to the UK called Lauryn. Since uploading his first video in 2007 while a freshman at Michigan State University, his channel has over 650 million views and, at his peak over 7. 7 million subscribers. Oakley, who is openly gay, is a former member of the successful collaboration channel "5AwesomeGays," where he produced the Friday video for over three years. He was featured in the 2014 Frontline investigative report, "Generation Like," a follow-up on how teenagers are "directly interacting with pop culture" to the 2001 report, "The Merchants of Cool. " SocialBlade, a website that rates YouTube and Instagram accounts, ranks his YouTube channel, as of November 19, 2017, with a grade "B", subscriber rank of 224th, video view rank at 2,010th, and a SocialBlade rating of 33,897th. As of September 2018[update] he also has more than 6. 3 million followers on Twitter and 6. 2 million on Instagram.
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