Youtube History Timeline

Youtube History Timeline

Today, everyone’s go-to video-sharing site – and the source of endless procrastination for many of us - is celebrating its 13th birthday. Set up in 2005 by three former PayPal employees and originally intended as a dating service, YouTube has grown to be the second most visited website in the world after Google, now boasting over 15 billion visitors per month. To wish the giant video website a happy birthday, we have put together a timeline of memorable moments throughout its history.

The YouTube Timeline illustrates the site’s evolution since its inception to present day. The graphic runs through the company’s major achievements and feature releases, including a few interesting milestones such as the first video uploaded or the first known instance of Rickrolling.

Considering the type of broadcasts that are regularly going viral on YouTube, one might think the first video ever posted on the website must have been something insane. Well, it’s actually a very short clip of co-founder Jawed Karim standing near some elephants at the zoo and describing their “really, really long trunks.” The video is appropriately titled “Me at the Zoo” and has since been viewed more than 45 million times.

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Download the Youtube History Timeline for PowerPoint here.



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