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YouTube at 15 years, a window on the planet

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Report. Registered in 2005, YouTube has become the second-most-visited website after Google. Its network hosts the breadth of human interest, and disinterest.

written by Mariangela Mianiti

February 18, 2020

How did we ever manage before? How did we live without YouTube before the year 2005? One of the social networks that brought the biggest changes in the way we get our information, promote ourselves and have fun, YouTube turned 15 years old on Valentine’s Day, the day when the domain was first registered by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, three young people who worked for PayPal at the time.

A few months later, on April 23, 2005, Jawed Karin uploaded the first video. It was 18 seconds long, and showed Karin in front of an elephant at the San Diego Zoo. Just one year later, the three founders sold their creation to Google for $1.65 billion, and their days of posting on YouTube themselves are over. Chen uploaded his last video 10 years ago, and Hurley’s profile is completely blank.

Meanwhile, YouTube has become the second-most-visited website in the world after Google. With a billion videos watched every day and 300 hours of video uploaded every minute, it has become an........

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