YouTube is one the most visited websites on the internet, but its origins are humble. This is YouTube’s history.
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YouTube is the best place to go if you’re looking for a video. YouTube hosts trailers, videos, live streams and vlogs as well as music videos, news, movies, and more. YouTube is synonymous for video sharing and watching. Google now makes billions every year from YouTube.
YouTube’s success has been impossible to predict for its creators. Let’s take a look at YouTube’s origins and see the first YouTube video.
When did YouTube start?
Jawed Karim, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen founded YouTube on February 14, 2005. They met at PayPal, which was a successful company that was later acquired by eBay.
According to some sources, YouTube’s idea of a video sharing site was born out of the Super Bowl controversy, when Janet Jackson’s breasts were exposed. Karim couldn’t find the clip online.
Hurley and Chen claim that YouTube began as an online dating site. Craigslist was their first stop to get women to upload videos to YouTube for $100. After failing to obtain enough videos, they turned to YouTube for any video.
The site was launched in public beta in May 2005. A Nike advertisement starring Ronaldinho was the first to reach one million views by November 2005. The site was officially launched in December 2005. It had 8 million views per day at that point. More than 65,000 videos had been uploaded each day by July 2006.
YouTube was not the first website to share videos (Vimeo launched November 2004), but it was the first site that allowed easy uploading and sharing. YouTube’s popularity was helped by viral comedy videos like the one from Smosh, and unauthorized uploads of Saturday Night Live’s The Lonely Island.
Google bought YouTube in November 2006 for $1.65 Billion. YouTube has seen rapid changes since then: multiple interfaces were added, higher resolution videos are supported, management changes, push monetization and many more.
Despite this, YouTube today looks a lot like YouTube 2005. The core structure is unchanged. Anybody can upload videos to their channel and comment on others. They can also share videos with friends.
What was the first YouTube video?
Co-founder Jared Karim uploaded the first YouTube video, “Me at The Zoo”, on April 23, 2005. He was then 25 years old. The video is less than 20 seconds long and shows Karim posing in front of the San Diego Zoo elephants, commenting on their long trunks.
This video has been viewed more than 218 million times and is still the most popular video on Karim’s YouTube channel.
Although “Me at The Zoo” is not a great video, it has a low resolution and explains the obvious facts about elephants. However, it sets the stage for the many inconsequential and homemade uploads that shaped YouTube’s early years. This was a time when people used YouTube to express themselves. They were motivated by the desire to share and create, not brands or influencers looking for financial rewards.
Karim has changed the description of the video several times over the years in order to point out Google. The description of the November 2013 video read, “I can’t leave comments here anymore, because i don’t want to create a Google+ account,” as a response to YouTube’s integration into Google+. Similar to the November 2021 description, it explained Why YouTube hides the dislike count is poor.
YouTube: What’s next?
YouTube is used by billions every day by millions of people worldwide, and there’s no indication of it slowing down. YouTube is likely to remain the dominant video sharing platform for many years, considering that no other video sharing platform can even come close to YouTube.
Other video sites still exist, including Vimeo! Some people consider this site superior to YouTube because of its relaxed content restrictions and focus on the community.