Timeline of One Direction Fandom

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Fandom: One Direction
Dates: 2010 - present
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One Direction is an English/Irish boy band with a large fandom.


  • October? On an episode of the British reality television show The X Factor, five contestants are put together in a boy band. The fandom seems to have appeared on Twitter and Tumblr almost immediately following their first performance as a group and quickly gained momentum.
  • November 2: LiveJournal community one-direction is created.




  • January 18: After (One Direction story) by Anna Todd begins.
  • January: Haylor breaks up.
  • March: The Flower Crown meme begins, reportedly starting in One Direction fandom.
  • March 7: LJ comm reel_1d is created.
  • March 18: The Adventurous Adventures of One Direction Part 2 is released.
  • April: Fan group takemehomefromnarnia is founded.
  • June 20: LJ comm anon1d is created to replace onedanon.
  • July 13: LJ comm bestboys is created.
  • July 22: The music video and single "Best Song Ever" is released. The intro to the music video is an extended scene with the band interacting with their American alter egos. Fans start writing Best Song Ever AUs and ship the music video characters with each other or with the band members.
  • August 15: The documentary Crazy About One Direction airs on Channel 4 in the UK. Fans react.
  • August 29: One Direction: This Is Us, the official documentary concert film, is released.
  • November 25: Midnight Memories, the third album, is released.




  • January 23/24: 1D band member Louis Tomlinson announces that his baby is born, but does not announce a name. Conchobar meme begins.
  • March: The band's indefinite hiatus begins.
  • April 11: Escapade (One Direction story) is published as an original novel.





  1. The story with the lowest ID in the system was posted on 4/6/2011.