Friday, April 24, 2015

Happy Birthday YouTube

Yesterday was the birthday of the best website ever created.  The website that has arguably changed our society completely as we know it, made hundreds of people famous, and given you more memes than you can even remember is one year older.  One more year full of video game walkthroughs, people telling you about their day, and pointless instructional videos that could have been much easier consumed as a terse paragraph.

That's right ladies and gents, YouTube is getting old.  Well, older than you may have realized at least.

Yep, the website you have probably already visited at least 20 times today is old enough to be a quite precocious child.  One full decade to be more specific.

To celebrate their achievement, YouTube took it back, to the beginning.  Is it a cat video?  An instructional clip on how to fold your shirt?  The ubiquitous Trololo song?  Nope.  It's just a 19 second clip about elephants featuring a man who is now very rich.

A decade ago on Thursday YouTube made history when its co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded the site's first video.

The video-sharing site, which now boasts over a billion users, has risen to fame from small beginnings after Karim posted the 19-second clip on elephants and their "really, really long trunks."

YouTube debuted publicly days after that first upload and has since gone from strength to strength, with users from across the globe posting a reported 300 hours of new video every minute of the day (International Business Times), including music clips, cartoons, exercise manuals and movies.

YouTube was sold to Google in 2006 for $1.65 billion.

According to Tubefilter, YouTube will mark the occasion with a month-long 10th birthday bash starting next week, ahead of its annual Brandcast, with creators including Tyler Oakley, Lilly "Superwoman" Singh, Dude Perfect and The Slow Mo Guys expected to attend.

You may just be young enough to know what at least one of those aforementioned people is.  If so, good on you.  If not, then you are getting old too.

Anyways, happy birthday YouTube, you sure are great.  As for you Jawed, I hope with all your money you bought yourself an actual elephant.

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