On April, 23rd 2005 a brief 18 second video was uploaded to a video hosting site called YouTube. If you had to guess I'm sure you would say that this must be promotional launch video or a brief advertisement for the soon to be multimedia behemoth, but you would be wrong. Nope, this is an 18 second video of Jawed Karim, a co-founder of YouTube at the zoo, explaining a cool fact about elephants, "The cool thing about these guys is that they have really, really, really long trunks," well said Jawed, well said.
A little over a year later Google would buy YouTube for $1.65 billion, it would then grow to host over 1 billion individual visitors a day, and stream over 6 billion hours of video each month. A future I'm sure Jawed had never pictured while uploading his day at the zoo.
Despite the humble beginnings, this video that Jawed uploaded in 2005 would help to pave the way for the internet revolution, giving people a new way to communicate and share content all over world. Now, what humble beginning will be the next to completely revolutionize the way we see the world?
Written By: Sam Watkinson