How many of you can remember life before Youtube? For me it’s hard to remember a time before YouTube even existed. How did we ever keep ourselves entertained before YouTube? Where did we get our daily dose of cute cat videos from, or watch self-proclaimed makeup gurus teach losers like us how to make ourselves look beautiful? How did we watch crazy teenagers experimenting with Coke and Mentos, or giggle over Charlie biting his brother’s finger?
It is difficult to imagine what my life would be like if Youtube didn’t exist. For me Youtube is my best friend who has all the latest gossip involving Kim Kardashian, the best entertainer (anyone watching Friends over and over again when bored?), the best teacher (it taught me everything from cooking, to bathing my cat to contouring my face to putting a child to sleep in 30 seconds), the best employer (do you know how much money these famous Youtubers make, all for simply sitting in their rooms and talking to a camera?) the best platform to get rich and famous (remember how Usher discovered a kid called Justin Beiber on Youtube?) and the best music player. The unbelievable thing is that up until10 years ago, Youtube- the best thing since sliced bread didn’t even exist! IKR!!
The First Ever Youtube Video:
10 years ago, on 29th May 2005,Youtube was introduced to the world. On April 23, 2005, the very first video was uploaded to YouTube. But the video wasn’t made public until May 29 of that same year, which is the date the site considers its birthday (Business Insider, 2015). The first video on Youtube was 18 seconds long and was titled “Me at the zoo”. It was uploaded by Jawed Karim, one of YouTube’s founders and showed him standing in front of elephants at the San Diego Zoo, describing their trunks.
Inspiration behind Youtube: According to the co-founders, the inspiration for YouTube is credited to two different events in 2004. The first was Karim’s inability to find footage online of Janet Jackson’s famous “wardrobe malfunction,” and the second when the other two co-founders, Chad Hurley and Steven Chen were unable to share video footage of a dinner party due to e-mail attachment limitations (USA Today, 2006) 10 years down the road, Youtube has become a global phenomenon with over 1 billion users and 300 hours of video uploaded onto the site every minute. In honor of Youtube’s 10th birthday this year, I decided to list the 5 most viewed videos to date (Billboard, 2015) Most Watched Youtube Videos:
“Gangnam Style” by Psy
Korean rapper Psy’s music video for his viral hit “Gangnam Style” holds the title of YouTube’s most viewed video ever at over 2.3 billion views since its release on July 15, 2012.
“Baby” by Justin Bieber (feat. Ludacris)
Bieber’s debut music video was released in 2010 and has since raked in over 1.1 billion views
“Dark Horse” by Katy Perry
Katy Perry’s Egyptian inspired video was released in early 2014 and now has over 974 million views.
“Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO
This eclectic dance number reached more than 878 million views since its release on March 8, 2011.
“Charlie bit my finger — again!”
It was released in 2007 when Harry and Charlie’s father couldn’t email the file to their Godfather in the US as it was too large. The video has since garnered more than 822 million views. The boys are now 10 and 8 respectively, and according to Metro UK (2015), they’ve made over £300,000 from the video, have a “Charlie Bit Me” app and a signed partnership with video management company, Viral Spiral.
Celebrating 10 awesome years: Youtube decided to celebrate its 10th birthday with an awesome video retrospective. The video, called “A-Z of YouTube: Celebrating 10 Years,” rolls through 26 video categories and their iconic representatives that if you can correctly identify will get you 1000 brownie points J Although, don’t worry if you can’t identify them all, watch out this space next week to learn more about all the references made.