It’s hard to imagine a world without YouTube and its plethora of cat videos, comical failure clips, daily vlogs from world-renowned digital celebrities, and purposefully-entertaining videos from burgeoning and established content creators around the globe. Yet, just 10 short years ago, the world didn’t have this massive online video sharing site where everyone with an internet connection could watch all of the above kinds of programming and more.
Tomorrow, February 14, 2015, marks the ten-year anniversary of the day three ex-PayPal employees (Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim) founded the online video site now owned by Google. To celebrate YouTube’s birthday, here are five facts about the video platform and how internet users have interacted with it up to this point:
1. The first video uploaded to YouTube wasn’t until April 23, 2005.
February 14 merely marks the day Hurley, Chen, and Karim registered the domain name youtube.com. It wasn’t until Karim uploaded a video of himself at the San Diego Zoo that YouTube hosted a video clip. Karim’s video is titled “Me at the zoo” and features him telling a pretty lame but now world-famous joke about elephants. YouTube officially opened to the public in May 2005.