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Published on April 24th, 2015 | by admin

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YouTube Is Ten Years Old!

It is ten years this week that the first video was uploaded to YouTube. Where’s the time gone?!

The first video ever uploaded to YouTube back in 2005 titled ‘me at the zoo’ was that of a man at a zoo admiring some elephants.

In this first YouTube video the man in question simply says: “Alright so here we are in front of the elephants, and the cool thing about these guys is that they have really, really, really long trunks, and that’s cool. And that’s pretty much all there is to say.”

The man featured in this first ever clip actually happens to be one of YouTube’s co-founder’s called Jawed Karim. Jawed and two other former PayPal employees became multi-millionaires overnight when Google acquired YouTube in October 2006.

From these humble beginnings, YouTube now sees a staggering 300 hours of footage uploaded every minute!

What’s more, the popularity of YouTube is perfectly illustrated by the fact that 1 billion people around the world use it and there are 4 billion video views on YouTube every single day. Confirming YouTube’s global appeal, it is available in 61 different languages and 60% of viewers come from countries whose primary language is not English.

Music is unsurprisingly the most searched for topic on YouTube, accounting for more than a third of all queries (38.4%). The popularity of YouTube in terms of music is further illustrated by the fact that it has 82 million music subscribers.

Any ideas what the most-viewed YouTube video of all time might be? The answer is ‘Gangnam Style’ which has had an astonishing 2 billion views and can probably be put down to the fact the whole world seemingly wanted to perfect the unique and amusing dance routine of Psy, the South Korean music sensation.

With the number of hours people are watching on YouTube each month increasing by 50% year on year, there is no sign of YouTube’s popularity diminishing in the slightest. Indeed, with half of YouTube views now made on mobile devices in line with the growth of mobile we are all set to enjoy more YouTube content on the move than ever before.

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