Rare will be people who use internet but do no know YouTube. YouTube was founded on February 14, 2005 as a video sharing website by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, who all worked previously for the online payment processor PayPal.
At present, almost anything you can think of is available on YouTube. On the early days of YouTube, it was only limited to entertainment videos but with short span of time it began to cover wide canvas like tutorial videos, news and gossip videos as well as personal videos.
Here is the first video on YouTube uploaded by co-founder Jawed Karim titled Me at the zoo. The 19 second video is shot at San Diego by Yakov Lapitsky in which Jawed shows elephants at his back and says how cool their really really really long trunks are. Here is the video :
YouTube, LLC was started as independent video sharing website but was later acquired by Google for a whooping sum of USD $1.65 Billion on November 2006. Now it operates as a Google subsidiary.
Such has grown the popularity of YouTube that it attracts more than 800 Million unique visitors per month. Here is history of the corporate growth of YouTube presented as factual infographic.