YouTube the website was founded on February 14th 2005, in a humble room above a pizza shop in California. The first video was titled ”me at the zoo”, and it was by Jared Karim uploaded on April 23rd 2005.
wasn’t long before YouTube had his first 1 million hit video, this happened in September 2005 and it was a Nike app, this ad featured the Brazilian player Ronaldinho and it made Nike one of the first companies to embrace YouTube’s promotional potential.
By November 2005 the site had already received 3.5 million dollars in finisher capital, in June of 2006, NBC and YouTube struck a deal this helped the traditional media company into the digital age. after this, it wasn’t long before the site caught the attention of Google, and in October 2006 the site was acquired for a 1.65 billion dollars.
at the time Google called it the next step in the evolution of the internet, it was a pretty bold thing to say at the time because the company only had 65 employees, things just kept going
from strength to strength for YouTube, and that year YouTube was one of the fastest growing sites on the entire Internet.
there’s something special here, this was just the beginning, the site was about to become also personal for many individuals around the world. in May 2007 the YouTube Partner Program came into the picture, this personally changed the lives of many people for the first time YouTube made it possible for everyday people to turn their hobbies into a business.
About a year later, the most successful users were earning six-figure incomes from
YouTube, in the same year, 7 out of the 16 presidential candidates announced their campaigns via YouTube and in July.
YouTube and CNN hosted their first presidential debate featuring citizens, submitted video questions this was also, the first time into debate history where user-generated video drove the debate.