First-ever YouTube video posted 9 years ago
Published Wednesday, April 23, 2014 4:40PM EDT
Short, sweet and not a viral stunt.
On April 23, 2005 at precisely 8:27 p.m., YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim uploaded the first-ever video to the now-popular network -- an unassuming clip titled “Me at the zoo.”
Uploading the clip under the username “jawed,” the video shows a young Karim stands in front of an elephant enclosure at the San Diego Zoo and stares into the camera.
“The cool thing about these guys is that they have really, really, really long, um, trunks,” Karim says matter-of-factly. “And that’s cool.”
The 18-second video has been viewed more than 14 million times since being uploaded nine years ago.
Today, YouTube boasts more than one billion unique users each month with 100 hours of video being uploaded every minute.