On Valentine’s Day 2015, the online phenomenon known as YouTube turns ten. That’s right, 10! We find it hard to believe too, but the all-knowing Wikipedia tells us, “The service was created by three former PayPal employees in February 2005… The domain name www.youtube.com was activated on February 14, 2005, and the website was developed over the subsequent months.”
And, of course, we never question Wikipedia.
Has it really only been 3,650 odd days that we’ve been able to watch/post/share countless videos, both amateur and professional, inane and brilliant and everything in between? I mean, think of all the hours spent watching Gangnam Style and “Charlie Bit My Finger… Again!” Think of the work we could have done!
As purveyors of video production in Seattle and across the nation, it’s hard to fathom a world without nearly instant access to, well, you know, “everything” on YouTube. A quick survey of our office shows that YouTube videos help us learn difficult song lyrics (i.e. “listen”), laugh at stupid people (“feel superior”), fix a dishwasher drain (“do-it-ourselves”), verify pop culture references (“lose a bet”), keep up with the cool kids (“prolong delusion”), and plenty of other things that probably shouldn’t be written about.
So, we’d like to take a moment to say, “Happy Birthday, young YouTube!” Be our valentine this year, because we certainly love you.
P.S. This seems like an opportune time to dispel the myth that YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley is related to CMA co-founder Gary Hurley. The two have never met and, unfortunately, $0 of Chad’s $345.6M share (when Google bought YouTube in 2006) goes toward our endeavors at Creative Media Alliance. That doesn’t stop us from reaching out to him regularly though, just in case (we’re kidding, of course… unless you have his number?).