YouTube: Who Invented It and When?

We are in 2005. You and your close friends are videotaping an unforgettable moment and you want to share the recording of the special moment with your friends who were not there. However, in those days, there was no suitable platform to share the video recording. Social media platforms are not yet widespread, and video sharing is often complex and limited. At this point, three entrepreneurs offer a great solution for people around the world to easily share their videos: YouTube. How about taking a look at the invention story of YouTube, which has become a part of many people's lives today?

What is YouTube?

YouTube is a video sharing platform where users can upload their own videos, watch, like and comment on content in video format. YouTube, which brings together millions of content creators and viewers in different fields from education to entertainment, from music to games by offering a wide range of content, has become a global digital platform today. As with every successful invention, YouTube had some features that made it different and attracted the attention of a wide audience.

Before YouTube

Before YouTube emerged, there were some video sharing platforms, but in order to share the video on these platforms, it was necessary to fill out many forms and wait for the approval process. Due to their limited storage space, videos of a limited number and length could be shared. Videos were uploaded to the platform very slowly and could be watched intermittently. That's why people were sharing mostly text and images on the internet. Until YouTube was founded...

Who Founded YouTube? Invention of YouTube

YouTube was founded in 2005 by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim.

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These three entrepreneurs believed there needed to be an easier and more accessible way to share videos on the internet. YouTube made it possible for users to easily share their own stories by turning them into videos. The popularity of YouTube, which eliminated the deficiencies mentioned above one by one, increased rapidly and people began to adopt the platform to share their own videos.

What is YouTube's First Video?

The first video of YouTube was "Me At Zoo", uploaded to the platform by Jawed Karim, one of the founders, on April 24, 2005. It has been viewed nearly 300 million times since then

Selling YouTube

YouTube reached nearly 30,000 views per day shortly after launching in beta in May 2005. When it was officially established on December 15, 2005, videos on the platform were viewed more than 2 million times every day. By January 2006, this number had increased to over 25 million. The number of videos available on the site exceeded 25 million in March 2006, and more than 20,000 new videos were uploaded to the platform every day. By the summer of 2006, users were uploading more than 100 million videos a day to YouTube.

The rise of YouTube also attracted the attention of Google. Google launched a video sharing platform before YouTube, but it did not attract enough attention. Realizing the potential of the new video sharing platform, Google purchased YouTube for 1.65 billion dollars in November 2006. Following its acquisition by Google, YouTube gained access to a larger infrastructure and resources. Google's technology and engineering expertise has made YouTube a stronger platform.