|YouTube logo 2005|
Registered: February 14, 2005
Beta release: May 2005
Official release: December 15, 2005
Developers / Founders: Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, Jawed Karim
Place of develop: San Mateo, California, USA (first headquarters)
Features: The first version of the video-sharing service Youtube was totally free. Registration offered: uploading videos in .AVI, .MOV, and .MPG file formats, less than 100 MB in size, without limitation as to time and amount; tags; links and embeddable players for single videos or playlists; managing favorites, profile and friends; channels with subscriptions.
Interesting facts: YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. Chad Hurley had studied design at Indiana University in Pennsylvania, while Steve Chen and Jawed Karim had studied computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduation, they started work at PayPal in San Jose, California where they met many of their future employees. As content and photo sharing sites were taking off in 2005, the founders of YouTube noticed a small problem: there was an explosion in the number of expensive and inexpensive ways to capture video but there wasn't a good way to share videos. On February 14, 2005, Hurley registered the trademark, logo and domain of YouTube. On April 23, the first video, featuring co-founder Jawed Karim, was uploaded to the site. It was titled "Me at the Zoo". In May, a small group of early employees launched the beta test site www.youtube.com. The first video to reach one million views was a Nike advertisement featuring Ronaldinho in September. In November, YouTube received funding from Sequoia Capital. On December 15, 2005, YouTube officially became a corporation, by which time the site was receiving 8 million views a day. Google acquired YouTube on October 6, 2006, and the deal was finalized on November 13 for $1.65 billion in Google stock.
Slogan (2005): «Broadcast Yourself»
Property: © YouTube, LLC - © Google Inc.
|YouTube, beta test homepage (retrieved May 5, 2005). The original idea for YouTube was a video version of an online dating service.|
|YouTube, first video uploaded (April 23, 2005). Duration: 0:19. Uploaded by site's cofounder Jawed Karim, with the username "jawed" and recorded by his high school friend Yakov Lapitsky, featuring Karim in front of the elephants, professing his interest in their "really long trunks".|
|YouTube, homepage at its official launch (December 15, 2005)|
|Youtube developers: Chad Hurley (Reading, Jan. 24, 1977), Steve Chen (Taipei, Aug. 18, 1978), Jawed Karim (Merseburg, Oct. 28, 1979)|
|YouTube celebrates its 10th Anniversary (May 2005-2015) by looking back at some of the best content posted to the site, categorized from A to Z and listed in the video description|