YouTube, the world’s most popular video-sharing website has an unending source of materials for the viewers. Created in 2005, no one ever thought that this platform will gain so much traction and emerge as one of the video publishing giants of the internet world. It was masterminded by three people Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. The idea was conceived at a party where they wanted to share a particular video but failed.
Originally meant to be a dating site, it captured the attention of the market for an entirely different reason. It really gained momentum when tech giant Google took over the company for a whopping amount of $1.65 billion.
Now we come to the crucial question about the first ever video posted on this platform. It was a video by co-founder Jawed Karim posted at 8:27 PM on Saturday, April 23, 2005. That also marked the official birth of YouTube.
Titled ‘Me at the zoo,’ this video actually shows Karim talking about the San Diego Zoo. Today that video has over 50 million views that are increasing. Here we bring you 5 interesting facts about the first ever video that was posted on YouTube:
1. Casual and unscripted
When you hear the video then it’s clear that the words coming out of the speaker’s mouth are unscripted.
2. Co-founder’s protest
On 2013 Google imposed the update that every user requires Google+ account to comment on YouTube videos. Karim protested the move by adding two annotations on the video.
3. The recent buzz
On June 4, 2018, Karim asked in a community poll if he should create another video which created a buzz around the first one. He also added options for categories.
4. How was it received?
A famous media reported, ‘As the first video uploaded to YouTube, it played a pivotal role in fundamentally altering how people consumed media and helped usher in a golden era of the 60-second video.’
5. Reaction of viewers
Besides a huge number of views, it also has around 530,000 comments that shows the acceptance of this video. By being one of the most accepted videos it actually outlines the entire essence of YouTube.
Watch the video here: