Happy fifth birthday for YouTube

Video sharing website YouTube turns 5 today. “Five years of YouTube, is that all?” was my first thought. After all it seems like YouTube has been around for a decade at least and we have to admit they revolutionized the internet as communication channel over the last few years.

On February 15, 2005 Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, former PayPal employees registered the domain name www.youtube.com. On April 23, 2005 the first video was posted showing Jawed at the San Diego Zoo.

Just one year later YouTube was amongst the 10 most visited websites in the world and by the end of 2006 Google acquired YouTube for the astonishing sum of 1,65 billion dollars.

And the rest is history:

I’m just curious how Google is ever going to monetize YouTube…

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    8 thoughts on “Happy fifth birthday for YouTube”

    1. Wow Thanks for posting this.
      I had no idea Youtube was so young, seems like it has been not only here but a standard (website, catch phrase, concept) for so much longer. It puts everything in perspective to see something like this and the success Youtube has had, coming along to complement the growth of technology at just the right time.
      Imagine registering http://www.youtube.com
      Crazy feeling.
      Cheers
      Inger

    2. I’m not aware that youtube is so a young video site. Since it is one of the top video sites all over the internet. The success of youtube will sure be continuous. Happy 5th then youtube! ;)

    3. That’s amazing that YouTube is only five years old, it does feel like it’s been around forever! Very cool to see the first ever YT vid and the history vid was very interesting! :)

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