15 years ago on this day the first ever video was uploaded on today’s leading and largest video sharing platform YouTube. Featured by YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim, the 18-seconds video was titled ‘Me at the zoo’.
The video uploaded on 23 April 2005, has so far been watched 90 million times and received 5.7 million comments. This is still the only video Jawed Karim uploaded on his YouTube channel.
In the entire video, young Jawed Karim is seen in a zoo standing infront of an elephant cage. He was describing the animal looking at the camera.
Karim starts his description saying, “Alright… So here we are, in front of the elephants.” Then he looked back for a while and starts again, “The cool thing about these guys is that they have really, really, really long trunks… And that’s, that’s cool.”
At the end he again looked back to the animals and finished his lines with “And that’s pretty much all there is to say.”
Naturally there was no “Subscribe to my channel!” or “Like, share, comment!” note delivered by Karim!
Jawed Karim and few of his friends jointly founded the popular video sharing company 15 years ago. They named it YouTube. Within a year they sold the platform to Google at $1.65 billion.
Currently 2 billion logged-in users visit the platform each month. People enjoy 1 billion hours of content here per day.
However with massive commercial successes, the video streaming giant had to face harsh criticisms on various issues in recent years as well. YouTube had been accused of not acting timely against videos containing hate materials targeting particular races, religions or ideologies. Videos promoting extremism, even terrorism were also not properly handled by YouTube in time, critics say.
But on the other hand, the platform has been hailed for helping YouTubers with earning opportunities and other facilities, comprising all kinds of videos from education to entertainment under one umbrella, introducing live streaming option, starting to telecast original films and series etc.
And all of these started in a zoo, with Jawed Karim!!!
Here’s the video :