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November 17, 2023

“Me at the zoo” – The First YouTube Video

This video titled “Me at the zoo” is the first ever video to be uploaded on YouTube. It was uploaded on April 23, 2005 by YouTube’s co-founder Jawed Karim on his channel called ‘jawed’.

The 19-second video features Jawed Karim, who was 25 years old at the time, in front of two elephants at the San Diego Zoo in California, noting their long trunks. Using Karim’s camera, it was recorded by his high school friend, Yakov Lapitsky, a University of Delaware Ph.D. student at the time, who was in San Diego to deliver his research to the American Chemical Society.

Even thought the video has millions of views and the channel has nearly 2 million subscribers, it remains to be the only video uploaded on the channel so far. An year after “Me at the zoo” was uploaded, YouTube was sold to Google for a whopping $1.65 billion.


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