The Dynamics of Social Media: How Were They Born? #2 Youtube

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The Dynamics of Social Media: How They Were Born? #2 Youtube

In our first article, we briefly talked about how social media affects our lives and the story of Facebook which is one of the biggest social media platforms. You can read it by clicking here.

And in this article, we are going to talk about Youtube, how it was founded and where it is now, with some facts. Let’s start!

How it was born?

Youtube was founded on 14 Feb. 2005 by Chad Hurley, Jawed Karim and Steve Chen, who previously worked for PayPal. There are numerous rumors about how the idea of Youtube was born. One of them is that they realized there was no platform to upload the videos they took in a party Chen gave in San Francisco. While Karim rejects this theory, cause he didn’t join the party, Chen approves.

According to Karim; this is how the idea was born: There wasn’t any platform that people could access videos such as the ones of the accident Janet Jackson had in Superbowl Show in 2004, or the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami videos. And thus, the idea was born.


The first version of Youtube looked like this in 2005.


The domain of ‘’’’ was activated in 14 Feb. 2005, and video uploading options were integrated on 23 Apr. 2005.

The first YouTube video, ‘’Me at the zoo’’ was uploaded on 23 April 2005. You can watch it by clicking here.

In 2006, Google took over Youtube for $1,65 billion.

Where is it now?

Overtime, Youtube became the most popular video platform. The number of videos uploaded to Youtube per a month is bigger than the number of the videos uploaded to other main video platforms in the last 60 years. And Youtube is the second biggest search engine, with monthly 3 billion search numbers on average, after Google.

Here are some other facts!

  • Number of YouTube users worldwide from 2016 to 2021


This statistic above shows worldwide Youtube viewers numbers, in billions, from 2016 to 2021. This year’s number is 1.68 billion and it is foreseed that this number will have reached 1.86 billion by the year of 2021.

  • Most popular YouTube videos based on total global views as of June 2018


This stat shows the 10 most viewed videos uploaded to Youtube by June 2018, in billions. Luis Fonsi – Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee takes the first place with 5,22 billion views.

  • Fastest viral videos as of May 2018, based on number of views in 24 hours after being uploaded


And, this stat shows the fastest viral videos based on view numbers in 24 hours, as of May 2018, in millions. Facebook – Rings – Hidden Camera Prank takes the first place with 200 million views.

This is the story of how Youtube became from zero to hero and where it is now. If you’d like to find out more success stories like this, wait for our serial. 😊





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