On April 23th 2005 which was 15 years ago, one of the founders visited the zoo, the clip is just 18 seconds long, but 15 years ago, it kicked off an online video revolution. Thursday marks the 15th anniversary of the first-ever YouTube video, which shows company co-founder Jawed Karim standing in front of an elephant enclosure at the San Diego Zoo. Click "Read More" to see the video.
"All right, so here we are in front of the, uh, elephants, and the cool thing about these guys is that, is that they have really, really, really long, um, trunks," Karim says. "And that's, that's cool. And that's pretty much all there is to say." Video as below, enjoy :)
The zoo video remains the only video on Karim's YouTube channel, though a message posted with it says, "update video as soon as 10M subscriberz!" If that's in fact Karim's plan, he doesn't have to rush. Right now his channel has only 793,000 subscribers. In comparison, Swedish YouTuber PewDiePie has more than 104 million.
Karim founded YouTube along with Steven Chen and Chad Hurley, all of whom were former PayPal employees. He's said in the past that part of the inspiration for the site came when he missed Janet Jackson's famous wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Super Bowl, and couldn't find online video of the goof. Just one year after the 2005 zoo video was made, Karim and his fellow YouTube co-founders sold their startup to Google for a whopping USD$1.65 billion. That is insanely huge acquisition in 2005.
According to statistics, more than 2 billion users visit YouTube each month. Every day, users watch over 1 billion hours of video.