On February 14, 2005, Chad Hurly, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim purchased a domain name that would forever change the way media is disseminated and consumed. You see, a little over eight years ago is when the aforementioned individuals got together and purchased the YouTube.com domain.
YouTube was famously founded by the trifecta of Hurly, Chen, and Karim, three early employees of PayPal. On May 19, 2005, the first preview of the site was made available to the public. So seeing how today is YouTube's birthday, of sorts, I thought it might be fun to go back and look at the first YouTube video ever uploaded to the site.
So, without further ado, behold, a video titled, "Me at the zoo." It was uploaded to YouTube on April 23, 2005. The video depicts YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo chillin' with some elephants.
As of May, 2013, the video has accumulated over 11 million views and approximately 86,300 comments.
In a blog post commemorating the occassion, YouTube doled out some fascinating statistics about its extremely popular website.
Today, more than 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. That’s more than four days of video uploaded each minute! Every month, more than 1 billion people come to YouTube to access news, answer questions and have a little fun. That’s almost one out of every two people on the Internet.
YouTube sure has come a long ways from its first video, which just featured a 25-year old developer hanging out at the zoo.