The YouTube service celebrates its 17th anniversary. The video hosting service still features the service’s very first video and its 229 million views.
17 years ago, on April 23, 2005 to be precise, the very first video of the young YouTube service was uploaded. It was the birth for the general public of the biggest online video hosting service, with always the objective of making the posting of these videos available to everyone free of charge. We then speak of a young independent start-up, because YouTube has not always been a Google service.
The acquisition by the search giant does not take place until October 2006 for only 1.65 billion dollars. A service that will grow with the Internet to the point of being a major source of traffic alongside Netflix.
The very first video: Me at the zoo
The very first YouTube video was released on April 24, 2005 and it is still online. Entitled Me at the zoo and published by the Jawed channel, it now has 228,807,240 views on the online service.
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Shot in San Diego, this video offers a title that is quite explicit since it is indeed a question of discovering the zoo for 18 seconds and more precisely… the trunks of the zoo’s elephants.
An innocuous video, but necessarily historic. It is also a reflection of another era with its definition limited to 240p, a title clearly not optimized for SEO and no thumbnail image with a very surprised face. Perhaps these are the ingredients that helped him get 11 million likes.