How did YouTube change the world in 19 seconds? How well do you know YouTube?


On Valentine’s Day, February 14th 2005, YouTube was officially launched by three young entrepreneurs, Jawed Karim, Chad Hurley and Steven Chen.

Me at the zoo was the first video to have been uploaded to YouTube It was uploaded at 8:27 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2005 by the site’s cofounder Jawed Karim, with the username “jawed” He created an account on YouTube the same day.

Watch the video here:

The nineteen-second video was shot by Yakov Lapitsky at the San Diego Zoo, featuring Karim in front of the elephants, professing his interest for their “really, really, really long trunks”

YouTube has come a long way since then and it celebrated its 10th Birthday in May this year.

Uploaded on YouTube on Nov 16, 2011, the music Video Kolaveri Di is one of India’s most viewed videos on YouTube, it currently has 95,532,414 views, a staggering 9.5 million views.

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Interesting Facts about YouTube:

YouTube began as a video dating site dubbed “Tune In Hook Up” which was in turn influenced by the website “HotorNot”. Another popular version is that YouTube is also said to have begun because co-founder Jawed Karim was unable to find footage on Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction”.

“YouTube has a billion viewers”, according to YouTube’s official website, for comparison the world’s population is 7.125 billion and India’s contribution to it is 1.25 billion. Half of YouTube views around the world are on mobile devices.

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The YouTube founders

The estimated YouTube page views per month are 92 billion, which works out to a staggering 1104 billion page views per year. It would be interesting to find out who’s viewing what? Those guys at YouTube analytics should know.

YouTube’s ad revenues were $5.6 Billion; by the way, YouTube official sources inform us that 85% of their TrueView in-stream ads are skippable. Mobile revenues on YouTube are up over 100% y/y.

YouTube says, ‘that 300 Hours of Video are uploaded on YouTube every minute’, I wish I could do a back of the envelope calculation, to tell you what the figure would be in an hour or a day or a month or even a year, but I’d rather use a calculator. Here are a few mind blowing numbers: 18000 videos per hour; 432,000 videos a day…

People around the world spend 2.9 billion hours on YouTube every month, which is equivalent to over 325,000 years….i really don’t know how YouTube arrived at that figure, but what I know is, if this is the number for one month, what would it be for a year?

YouTube is localized in 75 countries and available in 61 languages.

More than a million advertisers are using Google ad platforms, the majority of which are small Businesses. Maybe the biggies are advertising elsewhere.

There are more than 400 tweets per minute containing a YouTube link.

YouTube 10 Years 19 Seconds that Changed the World

On Facebook over 150 years’ worth of YouTube Videos are watched every single day.

From Adorable to Zombies and everything in-between, YouTube videos have covered every topic under the sun, moon and stars.

YouTube was bought by Google in November 2006 for US$ 1.65 Billion.

“Have camera will broadcast” became the credo of hundreds of millions of people around the world, breaking all cultural, social, and linguistic barriers.

The most watched video in the history of YouTube so far, is Psy’s ‘Gangman Style’; it has garnered 2,346,265,497 views, that is, 2.34 billion and counting. I gather that Google had to upgrade YouTube’s ‘hit counters’ as they were not geared to count such staggering numbers.

On learning that YouTube had just completed 10 years, viewer Thang Nguyen commented “I refuse to believe 2005 was 10 years ago’. Neither can we; Happy Birthday YouTube.

By Sharath Ahuja

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