YouTube Videos

In 2005, the very first video was posted to YouTube, featuring which topic?

And the answer: elephants.    

On April 23, 2005, YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim posted an 18-second video. Entitled "Me at the zoo," the video shows Karim standing in front of two elephants and declaring that elephants have "really, really long trunks."

It's YouTube we can thank for our cultural fascination with cat videos, fails, and greatest hits, but more specifically, it is the pioneers of YouTube creators that have given way to Internet culture as we know it. Three former PayPal employees – Jawed Karim, Steve Chen, and Chad Hurley – created a platform for works of brilliance like "Me at the zoo" and, now, billions more of every possible variety. Let's take a trip down memory lane with some of YouTube's greatest hits.

  1. Charlie Bit My Finger. As one of the first widely popular YouTube memes, Charlie Bit My Finger is an unforgettable, and necessary watch.
  2. "Friday" by Rebecca Black. The release of Rebecca Black's "Friday" sent shockwaves through the world of music videos. Acquiring many haters (and dislikes on the video itself), Friday beat the odds to become one of the most annoyingly catchy videos on YouTube.
  3. Rickroll. This joke, which spread like wildfire across the Internet in 2008, gets its power from misdirection. Beware! If anyone you know sends you an important link to something you need to see, you might be in for a Rickroll. Don't say we didn't warn you.

And yet there are many, many more. Today, YouTube remains a highly widespread platform attracting billions of viewers each year. Check out a more exhaustive list of the best YouTube videos here.  

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