First YouTube Video Ever

The domain name http://www.youtube.com was officially activated on February 14th, 2005 by the three founders of the website (according to information from here).

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Some days ago I was pointlessly browsing the Internet and for whatever reason began to think about the immense quantity of videos that are on now-Google-owned YouTube these days:

  • Every 60 seconds, 100 hours of video content is uploaded to the website.
  • Each month, more than 6 billion unique hours of video content are watched by people on YouTube.  6. BILLION.
  • For more statistics like the above, which were provided by (Google-owned) YouTube, look here.

As I was pondering, I began to wonder what the oldest video on YouTube is.

It turns out I’m not the only one and I was quickly able to find out a few things I didn’t know before, and they’re all pretty much awesome:

  • The oldest video on YouTube was published by Jawed Karim, a Bangladeshi-German guy who helped invent PayPal and was one of the three original creators of YouTube.
  • It’s the only video Jawed has EVER posted on YouTube, but since he helped invent the website, he still earned around $64 million when it was purchased by Google.
  • This video was published on April 23rd, 2005  (it took a few months from the activation of the domain name on February 14, 2005 until the creators uploaded the first video).
  • The video is only 18 seconds long, and only has 17.3 million views as of this writing (relatively small for YouTube).

What is the first YouTube video EVER, you ask?

Elephants.

Trunks.

Subtle jokes.

Zoos. Awesomeness. Pure awesomeness and winningness.

So, without further ado, I bring you the first ever video published on YouTube (entitled Me at the zoo), in commemoration of the 10th birthday of YouTube and also, to alleviate the curiosity that I’m sure at least some other human being has had.

Disclaimer: The above post is an old one, which I am reposting on this new website. It has been edited. 

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