YouTube is 10 Years Old: Holler’s Favourite Videos

Happy Birthday YouTube! Today marks 10 years since the first ever YouTube upload and to celebrate we’ve put together a collection of our favourites, with a few facts thrown in between.

 1. Me at the Zoo- 19, 690, 990 Views

YouTube’s first video was uploaded at 8:27pm on April 23rd, 2005. It features co-founder Jawed Karim discussing his love of elephants at San Diego Zoo. As YouTube videos go this is a bit boring however, it opened the doors to over 300 hours of video being uploaded every minute by online video makers. Not every video is worth watching, but there’s enough content for everyone to find a video or even an entire community, whether you’re a bit of a film nerd or have an insatiable curiosity for cat videos.

2. Ultimate Dog Tease- 168, 730, 084 Views

Every dog owner knows that ‘man’s best friend’ obsession with food is second to none, so when YouTube user Klaatu42 uploaded a video of himself talking to his dog about food, no one would guess it would become such a viral hit.

 3. Charlie Bit My Finger- 816, 759, 417 Views

How many times have you heard someone say “Charlie bit my finger”?! This proves that not only do humans love watching babies but that babies are hilarious. Charlie and his brother are all grown up now, but this is still one of the most popular online videos.

 4.Psy- Gangnam Style- 2, 310, 618, 020 Views

The first online video to reach one billion views was Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’. The video is still one of the most watched videos in the website’s history with 2, 310, 618, 020 views, of which half are mobile users.

5. Jimmy Kimmel’s Mean Tweets- 31, 776, 842- Views

There are a lot of celebrities on Twitter and some people feel very comfortable using Twitter to insult those celebrities. Jimmy Kimmel’s team have gathered those insults and package them together for those celebrities to read – leading to hilarious results.

6. David After the Dentist- 128, 813, 811 Views

Trips to the dentist are never really fun, but videos of kids coming out of the dentist talking complete gibberish – absolutely hilarious! 8 year old David’s reaction is caught all on camera by his father, who clearly thinks his reaction is way too funny not to share with the world.

Brand Videos

While YouTube has played host to a number of online superstars and random cat videos, its also been a perfect platform for brand’s promotional and corporate videos – including Obama. The website is now the third most visited website on the internet, only behind Google and Facebook. Having online marketing videos for your brand is one of the best ways to reach wider audiences. Just check out our YouTube video we made for College of Policing.

Like what you see? Check out our previous blog: The Best of NAB 2015

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