"The cool thing about elephants is that they have really long trunks, and that's pretty much all there is to say." - Jawed Karim
That statement may not seem so profound out of context, but they were the first words ever transmitted via video on YouTube, nine years ago today, April 23, 2005.
From its humble beginnings as one video that waxes so un-poetically on the coolness of elephants, YouTube has grown to the third most visited website in the world. It has become the launching point for new ideas, artists, and careers; a Google-owned entity that has made its owners, and many of its more popular users, wealthy beyond their wildest imaginations.
But amongst the philosophical ideals, the cool new music videos, and emotional diatribes that capture our heartstrings and stir our spirits, lies a bunch of useless, pointless videos. Sure, some may make us laugh and serve some purpose there, but out of the over 1,000,000,000 videos that exist on YouTube, most just simply exist because they can.
But there are a few, the one in every million-or-so productions, that have served a great purpose on the Internet; that have changed the way we view video production, the way we use the web, and the way we think about the world.
From "Noah Takes a Photo Every Day for 6 Years" to "Nyan Cat 10 Hours", some videos just stand out more than others, and have made a significant impact in marketing, digital media, and our lives.
And it's these "game changers" that we celebrate today.
Make no mistake about it, this list is not the top-10 videos that have had a major sociological or life-changing impact. Rather, it is a compilation of 10 videos that have changed the way we think about or use the Internet. And, for that, no matter how silly they may seem, their impact is significant.
Listed, for your viewing pleasure, are the 10 YouTube videos that changed the Internet forever.