Me at the Zoo: First Video Uploaded to YouTube Seven Years Ago Today

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YouTube, look how fast you’ve grown. Seems like only yesterday “Me at the zoo” was uploaded – a 19-second clip wherein our protagonist pontificates about elephants.


“The cool thing about these guys is that they have really, really, really long trunks. And that’s… that’s cool.”

While YouTube’s popularity has seen explosive growth since April 23, 2005, we can safely say that no video clip uploaded since then has been able to eclipse this one’s quality of discourse.

YouTube was cobbled together back in early 2005 by former PayPal employees Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim (the above video was uploaded to Karim’s account) and sold to Google for $1.65 billion in stock in late 2006. At last count, an hour of video is uploaded to YouTube every second and four billion videos are viewed every day.

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