Dan And Phil are Tumblr's most shipped YouTubers of 2018

29 November 2018, 12:21

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Picture: Dan and Phil
Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

I think we all saw this coming

To the surprise of precisely no one who has ever visited the curiosity that is Tumblr dot com, Daniel Howell and Phil Lester have once again been named the 'most shipped' YouTubers of the year.

Tumblr Fandometrics is a service which tracks and analyses posts made on Tumblr and looks for patterns. Using the term "Phan," Fandometrics looked at:

- How many posts were created that contain the tag.

- How many times that tag was searched for.

- How many times a post using that tag was reblogged.

- How many times a post using that tag was liked.

Using this info, Tumblr has calculated that 'Phan' was the third biggest ship on the site this year - up one place from last year, when the lads placed fourth.

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via Tumblr Fandometrics. Picture: Tumblr Fandometrics

D and P were pipped to the post by 'Klance' (Keith & Lance from Voltron: Legendary Defender) in first place and 'Reylo' (Rey & Kylo Ren from the Star Wars universe) in second, which jumped up a massive 19 places since last year's list.

If you don't know what 'shipping' is, then first of all, well done for making it this far into this article. Shipping is, loosely, when fans really wants some fictional characters - or in Phan's case, real people (which is weird, no?) to be a couple.

Congrats Dan and Phil(?)