Eight years ago, on this very day, the popular online video site YouTube was founded. Actually, it’s hard to believe that it all started in 2005, with three former PayPal employees who decided to launch a website where people could share, upload and view videos.
YouTube history is brief but powerful, being the #2 search engine after Google. The first video, Me at the zoo, was uploaded on April 23, 2005, and the popular site was bought by Google a year and a half later, on October 9, 2006.
Today, four billion hours of video are viewed, and they have 800 million + unique visitors each month. I can’t begin to think of dressing a list of all the videos that offer visual tutorials and help us to learn how to apply crackle nail polish or start a blog or even learn the lyrics of your favorite song. And let’s not forget all the cute pet videos that make us smile. Videos are uploaded, shared and viewed by people like you and me, and this, worldwide.
So in its honor, I decided to pay a little tribute to this extremely practical tool that has become so embedded into our lives that we couldn’t imagine spending a day without paying it a little visit. And what better way to do that with the help of this infographic that describes the history of YouTube.
So Happy Birthday YouTube, may you live many more years. We couldn’t think of going back when you didn’t exist. Anyway, I certainly couldn’t!
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Photo credit: Rego – d4u.hu/Flickr