YouTube is 9 years young and continues to be one of the most visited and used site on the internet today. The original 3 owners all met at Paypal.
A screenshot from the first video uploaded to YouTube on April 23, 2005. It shows co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo. The 19-second video has racked up 14 million views.
YouTube and its bottomless supply of videos are turning nine.
The first video ever uploaded to YouTube went up on April 23, 2005, nine years ago Tuesday. To commemorate YouTube’s ninth anniversary, we’ve put together nine fun facts about the video sharing site we all know and love.
YouTube was founded in 2005 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim. The trio met at PayPal, where they were all former employees. YouTube’s first headquarters sat above a pizzeria and Japanese restaurant in San Mateo, Calif. 2. It was originally a dating site
An earlier version of YouTube was a dating site called “Tune In Hook Up,” influenced by the site “Hot or Not,” which let users rate the attractiveness of potential partners. But the idea of a video version of Hot or Not failed to catch on after a couple of months. 3. What inspired YouTube as we know it
YouTube’s founders say two key experiences inspired them to turn what had been a dating site into the video sharing site we all know. Karim had had trouble finding footage online of Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction and, later, of the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004.
The domain name YouTube.com was activated on Valentine’s Day in 2005 and the site was developed months after. But the domain name didn’t sit well with an Ohio-based industrial equipment supplier called Universal Tube and Rollform Equipment, with the domain “utube.com.” Utube.com was flooded with traffic from people trying to spell the video site.
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