1st video is uploaded to YouTube, April 23, 2005

-April 23, 2017

The first video uploaded to YouTube, “Me at the zoo,” was posted on Saturday, April 23, 2005, at 8:27 p.m. by site co-founder Jawed Karim under the user name "jawed." The 19-second video was shot by Yakov Lapitsky at the San Diego Zoo and shows Karim standing in front of several elephants, explaining how interesting he finds their "really, really, really long trunks." The video, which can be seen here, currently has more than 30 million views.

According to the Los Angeles Times, "As the first video uploaded to YouTube, it played a pivotal role in fundamentally altering how people consumed media and helped usher in a golden era of the 60-second video."

Karim met YouTube's other co-founders, Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, while the three were working at PayPal. By July 2006, more than 65,000 videos were uploaded to the site every day. In October of that same year, Google acquired YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock. At last count, 48 hours of video are uploaded every minute, resulting in nearly eight years of content uploaded every day, which is watched by hundreds of millions of users from around the world. “Me at the zoo” has over 37 million views.

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Editor's note: This article was originally posted on April 23, 2013 and edited on April 23, 2017.

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