The year is 2005: George W Bush begins his 2nd 4-year term as president of the United States; Pope John Paul II dies at age 84; a 25-year-old British man is the world's first person to be 'cured' of HIV... and lastly, the YouTube video web site is launched... My, how time fast-forwards.
In a small room above a San Mateo, California pizza parlor, Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim launched a beta version of their radically new website idea to serve as a collection place for video about all things by all people. They called it YouTube and well, the rest is, as they now say, 'recorded history'. Since going 'viral' almost immediately, fast-forward a mere 60 months, and YouTube has immeasurably altered the landscapes of entertainment, politics and the 'Power of the People'. Today, more than 24 hours of video footage is uploaded to YouTube every.......60 Seconds. Currently, more than 2 BILLION videos are viewed every 24 hours.
The first video on YouTube was uploaded on April 23, 2005, and still remains there today. It was titled "Me at the zoo" and is an 18-second report about a man called Karim from the elephant enclosure at the San Diego zoo. It is truly not extraordinary, however, its historically significant because it has had nearly three million views to-date.
YouTube is currently the number two search engine on the planet, second only behind the company that currently owns it, Google. Together, YouTube and Google dominate the search engine market, owning nearly 90% of the world's online search activity.
Watch this brief recap of YouTube as it 'comes of age' and turns 5 years young:
For more information, well, just 'Google' YouTube.....