Published under: Social Media, Video, Youtube

youtube-historyValentines day was officially the eighth birthday for YouTube. The domain was registered on February 14 , 2005. The company was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim who were all early employees of PayPal. They operated on about $10M in angel funding for the first 18 months before selling to Google on October 9, 2006 for $1.65 billion in stock. YouTube has grown to be the third most popular site on the internet, behind Google and Facebook.

The first video uploaded to YouTube was by co-founder Jawed Karim himself, entitled Me At The Zoo, 19 seconds in duration and close to 10 million total views, so far. Here's a great infographic outlining the incredible history of this amazing company:

a brief history of youtube infographic shortymedia The Unlikely History of YouTube [Infographic]