YouTube Marks 10th Anniversary Of First Ever Video Upload, ‘Me At The Zoo’

Back in 2005, YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded the first video to the file sharing website, “Me at the zoo.”

The low quality 18-second video, which was shot by his high school friend Yakov Lapitsky, has been viewed over 20 million times, and shows Karim merely talking about how cool elephants’ trunks are.

“Alright so here we are in front of the elephants, and the cool thing about these guys is that they have really, really, really long, trunks, and that’s cool. And that’s pretty much all there is to say.”

When Google acquired YouTube in 2006, Karim walked away with 137,443 shares of stock worth around $64 million.

This April marks the 10 year anniversary of YouTube, which, since its birth, has been a platform used to launch careers, create viral celebrities – and introduce cute, funny, informative, and (sometimes) tragic videos to the masses.

Today, 300 hours of footage are being uploaded to YouTube every minute.

Luc Bergeron recently spliced 198 notable YouTube videos, and this resulted in 3 minutes and 30 seconds of pure memory-lane thrills.


[Image via YouTube]