HAPPY BIRTHDAY YOUTUBE – Today the worldwide video giant YouYube has turned 8 years old. YouTube was created in 2005 by three former PayPal employees and has since become a part of the everyday lives of millions. With roughly 60 hours of video uploaded every minute, yes– you read that right, the site has over 800 million unique users a month. This comes to over one trillion views in its eight year history, That’s quite an achievement.
Simply plug YouTube into your search engine and up pops a list of topics that covers most every subject including the latest news, sports, music, animals and How To. I like to visit the “popular” category first to see what others find so interesting.
In our household when there is a birthday, we all gather around and highlight portions of that person’s life. I would like to do the same for YouTube. I’ve selected four videos from the eight that YouTube is featuring as their favorite or most viewed since their beginning and I hope you will agree that YouTube has been an entertaining and educational tool that has touched the lives of many people, many times.
Charlie bit my finger—again!!
This video went viral and has been the most popular non-music video viral video on YouTube. aired for the first time on May 22, 2007 it has had over 500 million hits. And why not? I found myself watching it twice just because I remember my own children doing the same thing with each other and their cousins.
Meet me at the zoo
This was the very first video ever put on YouTube and features one of the founders on April 23, 2005. You may be surprised at how young this man is but it proves that you don’t need to be old, experienced or educated in order to make your mark on the world. You just need to have a good idea.
This music video sparked a dance craze that has been copied by young people the world over. Between the catchy music and simple dance moves, this South Korean pop song has been featured in commercials on TV and radio, and is the most viewed video in YouTube’s history.
It has been viewed over 1.5 billion times since July 15, 2102.
Sneezing Baby Panda
Are you ready to look at some animals? This video at only 17 seconds long has been watched almost 160 million times. It was interesting to learn that because of this video, the bears now have their own website and merchandise for sale. Who knew that could happen?
Next we have the birthday blessing, where we each say something we are thankful for about that person or wish for something special to happen in the birthday person’s life. What would you say to YouTube if you had the chance? We have shared laughter, cries of agony and ooh-ed and aah-ed over babies and animals. Together we learned about events around the world and how to put together a picnic table. In eight years you have encouraged sharing, family time and creative videography.
We thank-you for what you have brought into our lives and wish you continued success in the coming years. Congratulations on another year.
No birthday would be complete without the traditional Happy Birthday song and a slice of cake—so go ahead, click on the link and sing your heart out!!!