YouTube celebrates 10th anniversary
Company was founded in February 2005 but did not go public until November 2005
YouTube celebrated its 10th anniversary yesterday after it was founded on 14th February 2005 by former PayPal employees Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim. It has since gained over one billion users.
The video streaming site's first video wasn't uploaded until April 2005 and was a blurry eighteen second clip called "Me at the Zoo", which showed co-founder Jawed Karim standing in front of some elephants.
The founders went public with a beta test in May, then officially went public in November 2005. By June 2006, about 2.5 billion videos were watched, and around 65,000 videos were uploaded daily, reported Reuters at the time.
Google bought the site for $1.65bn in October 2006 and today there are 300 hours of video uploaded every minute, and YouTube is localised in 75 countries across 61 languages.
YouTube is responsible for celebrities such as Justin Bieber and many ordinary people have risen to celebrity status and made a fortune out of posting their opinions on YouTube, with the site's most subscribed channel, PewDiePie, run by Swedish 25-year-old Felix Kjellberg.
ITP.net will be celebrating ten years of YouTube with galleries and features in November when it will have been a decade since the public have been able to enjoy it.