First video uploaded on YouTube
The very first video uploaded on YouTube was back on 23rd April 2005 which is 15 years ago exactly today.
The video which was an 18-second clip was posted by Jawed Karim, the co-founder of YouTube. The video had the title, “Me at the Zoo”. Since then, this video has been watched over 90 million times and is still the single and only video to be on the channel of Jawed Karim.
When the video is played, the video starts with the young face of Karim with his disheveled hair as he takes up the center front of the screen.
Karim starts, “Alright, so here we are, in front of the elephants.”
This is the video where he was in front of the elephants.
He then continues, “The cool thing about these guys is that they have really, really, really long, um, trunks. And that’s, that’s cool.”
Not like the majority of YouTubers these days, the video of Karim does not have the traditional sign-off phrase like “Like, rate or comment” or “Subscribe to my channel”.
He instead ends his video by saying, “And that’s pretty much all there is to say.”
One year after this “Me at the Zoo” Video, Karim and his fellow YouTube co-founder would sell this platform for a price of 1.65 billion dollars to Google.
Now this video sharing platform has over 2 billion logged-in users who visit the site each month. In this last decade, YouTube has undergone many ups and downs.
Among its lows, there was an increase in the hate speech content mainly videos from distinguished white supremacists as well as drama centering around the lives of renowned YouTubers such as PewDiePie and frustration from others.
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As for the highs of YouTube, it has helped many creators to be known in the world as well as the launch of YouTube Red; the streaming service which offers original movies and TV shows.
As per YouTube, nearly 1 billion hours of videos are watched each day and all of this started with Jawed Karim’s first-ever video at a zoo.