Fascinating YouTube Facts You Probably Didn’t Know

It’s spawned some of the most well-known web sensations since the dawn of the World Wide Web. More video content is uploaded here in a 60-day period than the three major U.S. television networks created in 60 years. Every minute, 24 hours of video are uploaded to it. From its humble beginnings in February of 2005 to the monster-sized video-sharing site we know today, YouTube has enabled the everyman to upload unlimited personal videos free of charge for 6 years and counting. Mashable did some serious digging and came up with 10 fascinating facts you probably didn’t know about the video hosting site. Here are some highlights:

No PayPal, No YouTube: YouTube was created by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim, who met as co-workers at the internet start up, PayPal. The three funded YouTube with bonuses they received from the eBay buyout of PayPal.

Starting as a Dating Site: “Legend has it that YouTube began life as a video dating site dubbed “Tune In Hook Up,” said to be influenced by HotorNot,” reports the article. Luckily, the founding members decided to forego that route, instead drawing upon inspiration from Karim’s inability to find a video of Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction,” as well as Hurley and Chen’s difficulty sharing personal videos via email due to attachment limitations.

The first video ever uploaded: At the San Diego Zoo, Yakov Lapitsky shot co-founder Jawed Karim “in front of the elephant enclosure going on about long trunks.” Memorable? Not so much, but it has still managed to boast 5,174,442 views since its premier on April 23, 2005.


Mind Blowing YouTube Stats: As of February 2011, YouTube has 490 million unique users worldwide per month, who view 92 billion pages in a month. Visitors spend about 2.9 billion hours on YouTube each month – over 325,000 years. And the social stats are no less impressive: “YouTube says that on average there are more than 400 tweets per minute containing a YouTube link,” reports Mashable. Facebook contains over 150 years worth of YouTube videos that are watched every day.

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