The First YouTube Video Ever Played Was 15 Years Ago Today


2012 Consumer Electronics Show Showcases Latest Technology Innovations

2012 Consumer Electronics Show Showcases Latest Technology Innovations

15 years ago, nobody had ever seen a Youtube video. That's because Thursday was YouTube's birthday! It turned 15. So like most 15 year olds, it will lock itself in it's room, play video games, and refuse to talk to Grandma to say thank you for the check she sent him.

The very first video uploaded to YouTube was a teenager who visited the San Diego zoo and dropped this information bomb about elephants.

That's right, here's the lowdown on elephants:

"Alright, so here we are, in front of the elephants. The cool thing about these guys is that they have really, really, really long, um, trunks, and that's, that's cool."

There you have it about elephants. How'd it do as a video?

But now the incredible story of that kid.

Jawed Karim is the kid telling us about pachyderms. He's also the co-founder of YouTube!

A year after the elephant video, he and his partners sold YouTube for 1.65 BILLION DOLLARS.

In 2020, YouTube says one billion hours of content is watched daily.