Tech Rewind: The first ever video on YouTube

On this day, history was made 11 years ago, when Jawed Karim, one of the co-founders of the popular video sharing website YouTube made the first-ever upload titled, 'Me at the zoo'.

Karim uploaded the video at 8:27 pm on Saturday, April 23 in 2005 under the username "jawed".

A screenshot of the video "Me at the zoo". Courtesy: YouTube, Jawed Karim
A screenshot of the video "Me at the zoo". Courtesy: YouTube, Jawed Karim

The video features Karim standing before elephants, explaining how interesting their "really, really, really long trunks" are, and is 18 seconds long.

Some YouTube facts
>> YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, who were all early employees of PayPal.

>> YouTube's early headquarters were situated above a pizzeria and Japanese restaurant in San Mateo, California.

>> In October 2006, Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion. 

>> ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’, which was uploaded on May 22, 2007, is a viral video that has received the most views of any user-generated YouTube video, with over 450 million views. The clip shows two English brothers – one-year-old Charlie biting the finger of his brother Harry, aged three. In Time's list of YouTube's 50 greatest viral videos of all time, ‘Charlie Bit My Finger’ was ranked at number one.

>> On April 1, 2009, when clicking on a video on the main page, the whole page turned upside down as an April Fool's prank. YouTube claimed that this was a new layout! 

>> In March 2010, YouTube began free streaming of 60 cricket matches of the Indian Premier League. According to YouTube, this was the first worldwide free online broadcast of a major sporting event.

>> YouTube went live on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2006.

>> YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim said the inspiration for the website came from Janet Jackson's role in the 2004 Super Bowl incident, when her breast was exposed during her performance, and later from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Karim could not easily find video clips of either event online, which led to the idea of a video sharing site.



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