If this isn’t proof that time flies, not sure what is! Feels like it was just yesterday that we were all experimenting with uploading videos.
On April 23rd, 2005, the co-founder of YouTube, Jawed Karim, uploaded what was the first ever video to find its way to what has become a phenomenal platform for the audio-visual medium. The name of that first video? Me at the Zoo.
Yes, it seems odd that it all began with a bunch of elephants but the social media platform that is the face of all generations, both young and old and all those in between, is indeed more than a decade old now!
That first video may have lasted only 19 seconds but, YouTube now witnesses uploads of more than 300 hours of video every single minute and the number of people that use the channel every month is a whopping one billion and growing.
A decade is usually more than enough to see even the most radical technological innovations vanish into oblivion, but not YouTube. A study in 2014 revealed that the channel still remains a favorite with the younger crowds, with 81.9% of YouTube users belonging to the 14-17 age group.
YouTube has grown to be a favorite with the older demographic too, and you will even find grandparents peeking into YouTube’s video lineup.
Tie-ups with record labels and movie giants, as well as a wide range of videos from simple DIYs to sophisticated science stuff, and then truckloads in entertainment and infotainment, it’s no surprise that YouTube is one of the most influential names in the internet business today and looks like it will be for a long time to come.