How many of you out there use YouTube? It is used by more than 90% of people. It is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. Three former PayPal employees—Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim—created the service in February 2005. Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion; It now operates as one of Google’s subsidiaries. It’s usage has been increased tremendously in the last 3 months. So, let us go ahead and get into it and grabsome cool and interesting facts of our beloved YouTube.
- The first video uploaded on it was on April 23, 2005, featuring its co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo, which has over 55 million views till now.
- More than 100 hours of videos are uploaded on it, every minute!
- Google bought it for US$1.65 billion in stocks just 18 months after YouTube’s creation, which is tremendous.
- Together, we spend 2.9 billion hours on it in a month. That’s 326,294 years. This is a very huge amount.
- YouTube’s Most Watched Video. It is PSY-Gangnam Style, the most watched YouTube video of all times and it has got more than 3.2 billion views and still, they are increasing. It is slowly becoming a platform for listening to music I guess.
- YouTube.com domain was registered on Valentine’s Day in 2005. It is a thing that you must know.
- PayPal did a blunder in leaving these 3 wonderful people. Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim started YouTube in 2005. The three founders worked together at the then-Internet start-up, PayPal. In fact, Hurley created the PayPal logo when he got to know about the online payment company and e-mailed the startup to get a job. It got its first funding from the bonuses received after the eBay buyout of PayPal. You could say that if there was no PayPal, there would be no YouTube.
- The domain name caused a huge misunderstanding for Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment. Its company domain, “utube.com,” was overwhelmed with traffic from people that tried to spell the video site’s name phonetically!
- Well, most of you don’t know that YouTube plays pranks on its millions of users every year on April Fool’s Day. The first incident was on the homepage of the site that was actually a Rickroll. In 2009, it surprised its users when it turned the website upside down. Since starting the April Fool’s Day tradition, every year YouTube comes up with something unique to keep the trend alive.
- Note that initially, it was meant to be a dating website but as the destiny played its own games, what we got today is simply amazing.
THAT’S ALL FOLKS!