YouTube is a well-known site that is known to many people even if they don’t personally use it. It has become part of the vocabulary of America that YouTubing something is to share a video of it. YouTube as a website is known for this type of sharing videos online.
Looking at its early history, It was started in 2005. It was first discussed in San Francisco between its co-creators “Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim” (Dickey, 2013). Sometime after that its domain name was officially purchased “Valentine’s Day, 2005” (Geraldes, 2010). According to the YouTube website is was officially founded in May 2005 (About YouTube), but a video was uploaded on April 2005 (Dickey, 2013). Currently the website is headquartered in San Bruno, CA (About YouTube).
Starting in 2010 YouTube got involved in new areas of video. These included in 2010 having movies to rent including several from well-known studios (Dickie, 2013). In 2011 they decide to branch out to live streaming video partnering with TV stations (Dickie, 2013). These newer areas have made their website more rounded.
The idea of video sharing has really taken off since the arrival of YouTube. Now there are many different ways to view video on the web, but YouTube has become common place. In fact, in December 2015 it had more visits than Google.com (McGoogan, 2016). This popularity however is higher outside the US than in the US as “70% of YouTube’s Traffic comes from outside of the US” (Geraldes, 2010).
It is now almost impossible not to think of YouTube on a regular basis. From instructional videos and classes to the funny YouTube has it in abundance. In fact when I see something funny going on no longer do I think of America’s Funniest Home Videos, but instead YouTube.About YouTube. (n.d.). Retrieved January 21, 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/yt/about Contact Us. (n.d.). Retrieved January 21, 2017, from https://www.youtube.com/t/contact_us Dickey, M. R. (2013, February 15). The 22 Key Turning Points In The History Of YouTube. Retrieved January 21, 2017, from http://www.businessinsider.com/key-turning-points-history-of-youtube-2013-2?op=1/#ad-hurley-registers-the-trademark-logo-and-domain-of-youtube-on-valentines-day-2005-1 Geraldes, J. (2010, September 09). 2005-2010 Youtube Facts & Figures (History & Statistics). Retrieved January 21, 2017, from https://joaogeraldes.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/2005-2010-youtube-facts-figures-history-statistics/ McGoogan, C. (2016, February 01). YouTube is now more popular than Google.com on desktop computers. Retrieved January 21, 2017, from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/02/01/youtube-is-now-more-popular-than-googlecom-on-desktop-computers/