More than 2 billion people access YouTube every month; about 3 million of them are paying subscribers. It is the world’s second-most visited website; Google is number one.
Yet when three former PayPal employees launched YouTube on either 14 or 15 February 2005, their vision was a video dating service (Tune In, Hook Up).
Co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded the first video, Meet me at the zoo, on 23 April 2005, 8:31:52 pm PDT.
Less than two years later, 09 October 2006, Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion. In 2021, YouTube’s global advertising revenue was about $28.8 billion.
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