Do you remember the day when YouTube launched? I certainly don’t. I was at a party and someone told me there was a website where I could find vintage videos of Slayer performances from the 80s. I soon realized that I could find almost anything else I wanted to watch on this Internet godsend.
Ten years ago yesterday (April 23, 2005) YouTube was launched, and along with that launch was the first video. Yes, the very first video ever posted to YouTube is still out there, and it’s a thing of beauty.
From The Daily Dot:
“Me at the Zoo” was the first video ever uploaded to the site, and it came from co-founder Jawed Karim. It appeared [under the] user name “jawed,” and it seems to be the only video Karim ever uploaded—at least under that name.
“All right, so here we are in front of the elephants,” Karim says. He explains that the “cool thing about these guys is they have really, really, really long, um — trunks.”
This little piece of astute observation has been viewed over 23 million times so far.