I started following her in 2003, after discovering her Myspace page through a local message board. That linked to her Xanga account, and from there, an AIM account, and various other 2003-era social media sites. I started following her out of boredom or procrastination, or maybe just the relative dearth of distractions on the Web in 2003.
… But when things took a dark turn, I had to stop reading. I feared something bad could happen to her, and I didn’t know what my role, as a total stranger, should be.