[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNQXAC9IVRw?start=0&wmode=transparent&w=640&h=480]Video-sharing site YouTube has come a long way since co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded the site’s first video exactly 10 years ago tomorrow. The unremarkable-turned-remarkable clip focuses on elephants.
“The cool thing about these guys is that they have really, really long trunks. And that’s pretty much all there is to say,” says Karim.
The footage lasts 19 seconds; today, “Me at the zoo” boasts a million views for every one of those seconds. In retrospect, Karim’s throwaway video sparked a true watershed moment, the beginning of a technological and cultural phenomena that nobody could have envisioned. YouTube, which debuted publicly days after that first upload, has since evolved (or devolved) to host everything from cat videos to movies to music videos. DIY videos, news clips, and political statements are made by both professionals and amateurs alike—and all are available on a global scale. The site famously has more than a billion users and adds 300 hours of new video every minute.
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