Officially speaking, Youtube was founded on February 14, 2005 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim — early employees of PayPal. According to Karim, the concept was inspired by two incidents. First was the whole Janet Jackson 2004 Superbowl scandal, when the American recording artist and actress had a wardrobe malfunction, exposing her breasts. The second incident was also back in the same year, when a Tsunami caused by the Indian Ocean Earthquake mainly struck Sumatra, Indonesia. Karim said that videos related to these incidents were hard to find online back then, thus the idea of putting up a video sharing site of their own, YouTube.
Today marks the 9th birthday of the first ever video uploaded on the popular video sharing site. The video was uploaded exactly last 8:27 pm of April 23, 2005. Watch the video, as well as the other first four videos uploaded on Youtube.
Me at the zoo
Uploaded by jawed, the first ever video uploaded on YouTube has over 14 million views as of writing. The 19-second video features YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo.
My snowboarding skillz
With only over 147k views in 9 years, the 11 second video uploaded by YouTube user mw shows a guy on his snowboard, falling down.
The short 17 second video was originally uploaded by user tunafat last April 24, 2005. Unfortunately, the video was made private by the uploader last January 30, 2011 for unknown reasons.
Bootie Christ Dance
Originally uploaded by user BootieChrist, the video shows a guy weirdly dancing with a UK flag on the background. The original video has been removed, user ripBootieChrist was able to upload a copy of the original video.
Another original video (and was already removed) by user BootieChrist, the 15 second video shows two guys goofing around inside what looks like a dorm room.
Now, it’s your turn to share us your first YouTube videos or some of your old time favorite videos uploaded to YouTube on the comment section below. 🙂