When Was YouTube Founded?
The first YouTube video ever was uploaded on April 23, 2005 at 20:31:52 PDT. It was uploaded by none other than the site’s co-founder Jawed Karim, with the username “jawed”. This rare video is labeled as ‘Me at the zoo‘ and was recorded by his high school friend Yakov Lapitsky.
The First YouTube Video Ever
This is a 18-second video and features San Diego Zoo’s elephants in their old exhibit in Elephant Mesa, making note of their long trunks.
Today, Jawed’s YouTube channel has 780K subscribers and this video has 89,289,210 views.
YouTube was created by three former PayPal employees Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. It was originally an online dating site. The logo, website domain and trademark for YouTube were registered on 14th February 2005.
The original idea was to make users upload videos of them introducing themselves and saying what they were interested in. But the idea didn’t take off and the co-founders soon pivoted YouTube to become a more general video sharing site.
In September, an advert by Nike starring footballer, Ronaldinho hit a million views for the first time.
Google soon started to see the potential in the site and in October 2006 acquired it for a whopping $1.65 billion. At the time, YouTube only had 65 employees. In December 2012, a video received a billion views for the first time. Since then YouTube has continued to grow and has established itself as the second most popular website and search engine in the world.