YouTube is the biggest video sharing social media platform in the world. It was founded by Steven Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim. YouTube experienced exponential growth from 3-million visitors during the first three months of its launch to 38 million after its first year. Below are ten fascinating YouTube facts that will totally surprise you.
Fascinating Facts about YouTube
1 The first video uploaded on YouTube was “Me at the Zoo” which showed one of the founders, Jawed Karim, talking about elephants. It was uploaded on April 23, 2005 and is just 20 seconds long. It has 11 million views to date.
2 The longest video on the site is 571 hours, 1 minute and 41 seconds long. The video is a slideshow of Jonathan Harchick’s trip to Chile.
3 YouTube has always featured an April Fool’s prank on the site since 2008.
4 More than 72 hours’ worth of videos are uploaded on YouTube every minute.
5 Not all countries allowed the use of YouTube at some point in time and these included Bangladesh, Afghanistan, China, Brazil, Pakistan, Turkey, and Syria.
6 YouTube started in Hurley’s garage. They were able to move into a small office in San Mateo, California in 2006 with only 20 employees. (See our facts about YouTube)
7 YouTube was initially called Tune In Hook Up but the founders later decided to change it to its current name because the website that they want to make features all kinds of videos and not just videos for selling or dating.
8 There are over 6 billion hours of videos viewed every month on YouTube.
9 When Google bought YouTube in 2006, it was already losing $500,000 every month despite its popularity. Today, Google uses YouTube for its advertising potential.
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10 YouTube is the second largest search engine after Google.
11 YouTube has come a long way since it was established in the garage of Chad Hurley. Before it was bought by Google, its revenue was estimated at $200 million according to Forbes magazine.
How Did YouTube Start?
In this fascinating video you will learn about the interesting history of YouTube, including how it started and where it is going
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