If someone would ask me which is the biggest learning app out there ?
I would instantly answer that it’s YouTube. You can learn anything and everything using YouTube, be it cooking, dancing, technical skills, singing, painting and writing etc.
You can even study through YouTube as well. There are a lot of entertainment and sports related videos on YouTube which get trending every now and then.
How the idea of creating such an amazing video app came up?
Not only, one can learn through YouTube but also can help others to learn new skills. It is the era of social media influencers where people have different platforms in front of them to share their creativity with millions of people through online media.
YouTube is the world’s largest video streaming website and the second largest search engine after Google.
The creators behind this wonderful innovation were Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim who just not made their mission possible but also created a phenomenon that is everlasting and never gonna end anytime soon.
After college Chad Hurley worked in PayPal division where he met Steve Chen and Jawed Karim who later came together to create YouTube in 2005.
Hurley worked in PayPal till it got acquired by eBay in 2002 and after that he started working in Silicon Valley as a Consultant.
In January 2005, Steve hosted a party for his friends and Hurley was one of his guests. Both Steve and Harley recorded the party on a camcorder and digital camera but were not able to send the recording to their friends and guests because of the massive file size.
It was then they came up with an idea of creating a site which would help people to share their videos.
They wanted to do something like the concept of Flickr which was one of the new websites back then that facilitated the sharing of the photographs.
After a few days, the team came up with a memorable and consumer-friendly logo. The website was launched on February 14, 2005.
A sneak peek was offered to interested parties in May , 2005. However, potential youtubers had to wait for another six months to be able to freely enjoy the site.
YouTube employees had to work from home and even from the garages where many start-ups used to work. It had roughly 8 to 10 employees who were enthusiasts and were working without any pay.
The first video published by the YouTube was titled “me at the zoo” by one of the co-founders of YouTube who was Jawed Karim.
In no time, YouTube became a huge success.
Later in September, 2005, YouTube got its first one million hit video. The video was a NIKE ad which went viral. YouTube acquired $3.5 million funding from Sequoia Capital and made an official launch in November, 2005.
In July, 2006, the company relieved that 65,000 videos were getting uploaded on YouTube every day. It slowly became the 10th most popular website all around the world.
This much success in such a short time was unbelievable. In the later year, YouTube witnessed another huge success.
This tech video start-up got acquired by tech giant GOOGLE for a whooping $1.65 billion. The idea of two technically inclined pioneers turned out to be a revolutionary milestone in the history.
In May 2007 , YouTube launched its partner program which allowed the creators with the viral videos to get paid. Now, people started to get paid due to their hobbies, only thanks to YouTube.
In August 2007, Google decided to introduce Ads on YouTube.
In 2007, Usher introduced the world to Justin Bieber via a YouTube video which got hit and made JB one of the greatest singers in the history of music. With Gangnam Style becoming viral on YouTube also was a huge event in the YouTube history. A lot of artists made their careers through YouTube. Not only artists but also videos related to education are getting popular among the people. YouTube also helped many K-pop groups like BTS and BlackPink etc. to be popular worldwide.
Now, It has become impossible to imagine a world without having YouTube in it!!