YouTube’s first video went up 10 years ago today – here it is

23 Apr 2015

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One of the pillars of today’s internet has just reached its landmark 10th year, as YouTube celebrates revolutionising online video footage.

One of the pillars of today’s internet has just reached its landmark 10th year, as YouTube celebrates revolutionising online video footage.

It was late April, 2005. UK comedian Peter Kay somehow had a No.1 hit with Is This The Way To Amarillo?, while across the Atlantic 50 Cent was banging out Candy Shop.

We were innocent internet children, thinking we knew it all. We were fairly unaware that, two months earlier, YouTube’s domain had been created.

Hell, the full release didn’t come until Christmas time that year.

But Jawed Karim, one of the trio behind the site’s creation, uploaded Me At The Zoo on 23 April 2005, and the rest is ridiculously successful internet history.

Facing a rocky start losing money hand over fist – US$500,000 a month to be exact – Google stepped in to save the day.

The internet search giant helped to make YouTube the behemoth it is today after purchasing the site for just US$15m and shares — shares which are now valued at nearly US$2bn.

And here’s an infographic on YouTube’s history, which we originally published in February this year.

YouTube 10 infographic

YouTube’s 10 years in an infographic

Infographic provided by Tom Hopkins of One ProductionsZoo image via Shutterstock

Gordon Hunt is a journalist at Siliconrepublic.com

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