I have often wondered about the first video uploaded to YouTube. I finally decided to sit down and do some research on the topic. I quickly found that the first YouTube video was titled ‘Me At The Zoo’.
What Is ‘Me At The Zoo’?
‘Me At The Zoo’ is the first video that was ever uploaded to YouTube. It was posted on April 23rd, 2005. The video was filmed by Yakov Lapitsky and stars YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim. The video ‘Me At The Zoo’ shows Jawed Karim next to an elephant cage at a zoo. It is only twenty seconds long.
While the video itself is nothing too special, it is an extremely important video in internet history. YouTube is one of the most revolutionary websites of all time. While YouTube did not invent the concept of internet videos, it offered a centralized place for people to create and consume video content.
‘Me At The Zoo’ is a testament to how far we have come as both creators and consumers of internet culture. Think of all the YouTube creators you have loved (and hated) over the years. They owe it all to this video.
YouTube is something that I feel a lot of people take for granted. Yes, it is not the most perfect platform in the world. It has had its fair share of controversies and bad policies. However, it is still a go-to website for people to have fun and educate themselves. I can’t tell you how many home improvement projects I have completed with the help of YouTubers.
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