Though we celebrated YouTube’s 9th birthday this past Valentine’s Day, it was actually nine years ago yesterday that someone uploaded the first video. On April 23, 2005, Jawed Karim, co-founder of the platform and now, thanks to said platform, a card-carrying member of the 1%, made history.
There’s nothing particularly special about his video, Me at the zoo. At 18 seconds, it’s barely longer than an Instagram video. But specialness has never been a prerequisite for video- sharing. If anything, ordinary is the new special. Trivial is the new profound. Jawed, in his rudimentary, mumbling dialogue was the new mascot of a new era. And with over 14 million views, his video is now iconic in YouTube’s history.
“All right, so here we are in front of the elephants. The cool thing about these guys is that they have really, really, really long trunks. And that’s, that’s cool. And that’s pretty much all there is to say.”
Exactly. We could write scores of dissertations and theses on Cute Cat Theory, but why bother? The cool thing about cats is that they are really, really, really cute. And that’s pretty much all there is to say.
Next video, please.