Wednesday marks nine years since the first video on YouTube was uploaded to the web.
The video titled “Me at the zoo” was uploaded to the video sharing website by YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim on April 23, 2005 at 8:27 p.m. according to its description. The short 18 second video features Karim standing in front of elephants at the San Diego Zoo, saying that the “cool thing about [the elephants] is that they have really, really long trunks.”
The low resolution video is very basic at its core. However, its significance has not been overlooked, which is evidenced by the over 14 million views and 95,308 comments it currently boasts. YouTube was originally founding in February 2005, eventually growing in popularity as an independent company before it was eventually acquired by Google Inc. (Nasdaq:GOOG) in November 2006 for $1.65 billion.
Since Google’s acquisition of YouTube, the video sharing site has grown its user base significantly, boasting approximately one billion unique visitors each month. YouTube has also improved technologically as well over the years, adding high-definition video, HTML 5, mobile video and even stereoscopic 3D support.
While viewing videos on YouTube was originally centered on a desktop viewing experience, YouTube’s addition of mobile video support in 2007 eventually shifted viewing habits to mobile devices, which now consist of 40 percent of YouTube total watch time on hundreds of millions of devices.
“Me at the zoo” remained on YouTube for years completely unedited. However, it was eventually updated with annotations in 2013, in protest of the Google’s move to further integrate Google+ into all Google services, including the comment section of YouTube.