How and who started YouTube?

Youtube is one such platform that has solved many major problems in our lives; it may be a very common platform now, but it plays an important role in the day-to-day lives of billions of people, from learning to exploring the world and culture of thousands of kilometers away, so we can say that it has changed our lives.

History of Youtube

Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim, three former employees of the American e-commerce corporation PayPal, registered it on February 14, 2005. Ordinary folks would like to share their “home films,” they reasoned. San Bruno, California is the company’s headquarters.

The site was drawing 30,000 visits per day shortly after it started on a limited (“beta”) basis in May 2005. YouTube was offering over two million video views each day by the time it was formally launched on December 15, 2005. By January 2006, the number of views had risen to more than 25 million. In March 2006, the site’s video library topped 25 million, with more than 20,000 new films being added every day.

YouTube was serving more than 100 million videos per day by the summer of 2006, and the volume of videos being posted to the site showed no signs of diminishing. The massive increase in traffic on YouTube brought with it its own set of issues. The corporation had to buy more computer equipment and broadband Internet connections on a regular basis. In addition, because numerous media businesses realized that some of the films uploaded to YouTube contained copyrighted content, YouTube was compelled to dedicate greater financial resources for prospective lawsuits. YouTube began looking for a purchase after failing to commercialize its website or control its rising costs.

Google Inc., an American search engine business, debuted Google Video in 2005, but it failed to generate much traffic, prompting Google to purchase YouTube for $1.65 billion in shares in November 2006. Rather than integrating the two websites, Google kept YouTube running as it had been. To decrease the danger of copyright infringement lawsuits, Google reached agreements with a number of entertainment businesses that would allow copyrighted video content to appear on YouTube and would allow YouTube users to use some copyrighted songs in their films. It also promised to take down tens of thousands of video files with copyrighted content from YouTube. Google and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc. agreed in November 2008 to exhibit some of the studio’s full-length films and and television shows, the broadcasts being free to watch, with advertisements running alongside the programs.

The first video of Youtube

On April 23, 2005, 15 years back, the first video was uploaded titled ‘Me at the zoo’ by the co-founder Jawed Karim. In the video, he’s talking and showing the elephants at the San Diego Zoo.

In 2005, Youtube got its first video with 1 million views and that was of Brazilian soccer player Ronaldinho. In the video, he is wearing his Nike golden shoe and playing the soccer.