The First YouTube Video
Founders of YouTube
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Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim founded YouTube, in February, 2005.
They worked in PayPal before starting YouTube.
Hurley had studied design, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Chen and Karim studied computer science together, at the University of Illinois, at Urbana–Champaign.
YouTube’s www dot YouTube dot com domain was activated on February 14, 2005, in San Bruno, a city in San Mateo County, California, United States.
The website was developed over the subsequent months.
It is said that, Karim had the idea of starting a video sharing platform, when he experienced two incidents.
The first one was the 2004 Super Bowl Incident, when Janet Jackson’s breast was exposed, during her performance.
The second one was, Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.
Karim, when searched for video clips of these two incidents, he could not find any, which led to the idea of an online video sharing site.
Another story has also been often heard in media that, at a dinner party at Chen’s apartment in San Francisco, during the early months of 2005, they experienced difficulty sharing videos of the event.
This led Hurley and Chen to the idea of YouTube.
The three friends tried to choose a specific genre of attractive videos to publish, but finally decided to accept uploads of any type of video.
Between November 2005 and April 2006, YouTube began as a start-up of venture capital-founded technology.
Sequoia Capital invested $11.5 million, and Artis Capital Management, $8 million.
Now, the platform boasts more than 2 billion logged-in users visit each month, according to YouTube. YouTube says one billion hours of content is watched daily.
Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion on October 9, 2006.
The deal was finalized on November 13, 2006.
According to data published by market research company comScore, YouTube is the dominant provider of online video in the United States.
It has a market share of around 43% and more than 14 billion views of videos in May 2010.
Let’s come to the first video of the YouTube.
The first YouTube video was shot on co-founder Jawed Karim, at the San Diego Zoo, titled, “Me at the zoo”.
The video was uploaded on April 23, 2005, 15 years ago.
It can still be viewed on the site.
The duration of this video is 18 seconds.
So far it has acquired over 150 million views.
To this day, it is the only video on Karim’s channel.
The link of this video is given, in the description box below.
In this video, Jawed Karim stands in front of elephants, at the San Diego Zoo.
He says, “Alright, so here we are, in front of the elephants.
The cool thing, about these guys is that, they have really, really, really long, um, trunks, and that’s, that’s cool”.
He ends the video by simple words saying, “And that’s pretty much all there is to say”.
This is the whole story of the first video of YouTube.
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