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World's First YouTube Video - "Me at the zoo"

Youtube is the biggest video sharing platform on the internet. Most people don't even know any other name for watching popular video content or for that matter they don't know that it is owned by Google.


Back in 2005, almost 15 years ago, YouTube has its origins when three former Paypal employees namely - Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim decided to start something new.


After they made the site live, Jawed Karim took his high school friend Yakov Lapitsky to the San Diego zoo and ask him to record a video in front of the elephants.


They uploaded this 18 second video on YouTube at 20:31:52 PDT on April 23, 2005 with the username "jawed". This funny short clip became the first YouTube video.


What Jawed says in the first video on YouTube :

"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, and that's, that's cool, and that's pretty much all there is to say." - Jawed Karim in 'Me at the zoo'

As it turns out, the first video on YouTube has received a mixed response from critics and popular media.


Media's opinion on the first YouTube video:

  • "as the first video uploaded to YouTube, it played a pivotal role in fundamentally altering how people consumed media and helped usher in a golden era of the 60-second video." -- The Los Angeles Times

  • "representative of YouTube—it doesn't need to be this fancy production; it can be approachable." -- Business Insider

  • "the thing is practically a historical artifact." -- The New York Observer

  • It was listed among the 20 most important online videos of all time by BuzzFeed News.


Did you know that both Business Insider and The New York Observer ranked this video as the most important video in YouTube history.


Also, when Google acquired YouTube , being one of the co-founder, Jawed Karim got 137,443 shares of Google that are worth roughly $64 million.


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