The First Youtube Video Ever Hits 15 Years Old On This Day. Here's What It Looks Like!

Salena Harshini |Apr 24, 2020

This video is what kicked off the whole dynasty of the most famous online video platform.

The first Youtube video only lasts 18 seconds yet it was the start for a whole revolution of online videos. April 23, 2020 marks 15 years after the clip was introduced on the now biggest online video platform. It showed Youtube’s co-founder Jawed Karim in front of an elephant paddock at San Diego Zoo.

It's not exactly the most impressive video ever. Maybe it is not too impressive as one might assume. In the footage, Karim says,

"All right, so here we are in front of the, uh, elephants, and the cool thing about these guys is that, is that they have really, really, really long, um, trunks. And that's, that's cool. And that's pretty much all there is to say."

Direct and simple, perhaps, and now the historic clip has garnered over 90 million views. It is nothing, of course, on the comparison with Youtube’s top views videos. Until the moment, the video that tops as the most-watched one is Luis Fonsi’s hit song Despacito, released in 2017. Its view has now crossed 6.7 billion views on the platform.

Jawed Karim created Youtube with Chad Hurley and Steven Chen. All of them were the former employees of PayPal. In the past, he shared that the inspiration partially came from the reason that he missed out on Janet Jackson’s viral wardrobe malfunction at Super Bowl in 2004 and could not find the good video online.

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Only a year after the zoo video in 2005 was made, Jawed Karim and his Youtube co-founders sold Youtube to Google in exchange of a whopping $1.65 billion.

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As per the company statistics, over 2 billion logged-in users visit the platform every month and people watch more than 1 billion hours of clips each day.

The famous zoo video is the only footage on the Youtube channel of Karim although a message tagged with it says that, "update video as soon as 10M subscriberz!". Supposed that it was Jawed Karim’s plan, he really does not have to rush as his channel now only has 793,000 subscribers. Meanwhile, the account that has the biggest number of followers is that of Swedish YouTuber, comedian PewDiePie with over 104 million subscribers.

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