50 Awesome YouTube Facts and Figures | by Jeff Bullas


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YouTube is a modern phenomena. The social media  platform’s original concept is rumoured to have been inspired by the idea of being a video dating site with the unlikely title of “Tune In Hook Up”. In the end it launched as a simple video sharing site that has helped reinvent the web from a one way static channel to an interactive web eco-system (along with social networking channels such as MySpace, Facebook and Twitter) that has enticed and compelled us to engage globally with other internet users using a variety of rich multi-media and social sharing platforms.50 Awesome YouTube Facts and Figures

YouTube after initially being about viral videos that just entertain is now much more than that, with the “How To” category being the fastest growing segment on the social video sharing channel.  YouTube is even being used as a tool to teach high level mathematics and other academic and tertiary subjects with Salman Khan ofkhanacademy.org revealing at a recent Ted Talk, how his 2,000 plus YouTube videos are assisting students pass university degrees.

50 YouTube Facts & Figures

  1. YouTube was created by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim in 2005 who were all employees of Paypal
  2. YouTube was initially funded by bonuses received following the eBay buy-out of PayPal
  3. The founding trio didn’t come up with the YouTube concept straight away. Legend has it that YouTube began life as a video dating site dubbed “Tune In Hook Up,” said to be influenced by HotorNot. The three ultimately decided not to go that route
  4. The inspiration for YouTube as we know it today is credited to two different events. The first was Karim’s inability to find footage online of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction,” and the second when Hurley and Chen were unable to share video footage of a dinner party due to e-mail attachment limitations
  5. The domain name YouTube.com was registered on Valentine’s Day in 2005
  6. The domain name caused a huge misunderstanding for Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment. Its company domain, “utube.com,” was overwhelmed with traffic from people that tried to spell the video site’s name phonetically
  7. The first video on YouTube is of one of the co-founders Jawed Karim talking about elephant’s trunks titled “Me at the Zoo” shot at the San Diego Zoo.
  8. The first video has received over 4.8 million views
  9. Google paid $1.65 billion for YouTube in November 2006
  10. Google serves over 6 times more videos than its next closest competitor according to Nielsen Leer más “50 Awesome YouTube Facts and Figures | by Jeff Bullas”