On April 23, 2005, YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded the first ever video to the platform, titled “Me at the zoo.” The 18-second video features Karim standing in front of two elephants at the San Diego Zoo, noting their long trunks.
Since it was uploaded, the video has garnered over 90 million views and has become a cultural icon. It is a reminder of the humble beginnings of YouTube, which has since grown to become one of the most popular websites in the world.
To celebrate the 18th anniversary of the first ever video uploaded to YouTube, the platform is sharing a collection of videos that have shaped the platform over the years. These videos include everything from viral sensations to educational content to music videos.
YouTube is also encouraging users to share their own favorite videos and memories from the platform. Using the hashtag #YouTubeTurns18, users can share their thoughts on how YouTube has impacted their lives.
YouTube has come a long way since the first ever video was uploaded. Today, the platform is home to billions of videos and is watched by over 2 billion people every month. YouTube has become a go-to destination for entertainment, education, and information.
The first ever video uploaded to YouTube is a reminder of the platform’s potential to bring people together and share stories. It is also a reminder of the creativity and ingenuity of the users who make YouTube the platform it is today.
Here are some interesting facts about the first ever video uploaded to YouTube:
- It was uploaded on April 23, 2005, at 8:31 PM PDT.
- It is 18 seconds long.
- It features YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim standing in front of two elephants at the San Diego Zoo.
- Karim filmed the video using his camera.
- His high school friend, Yakov Lapitsky, recorded the video.
- Lapitsky was in San Diego to deliver his research to the American Chemical Society.
- The video has over 90 million views.
- It is a cultural icon and a reminder of the humble beginnings of YouTube.