In its short life, YouTube has completely reshaped the Internet and influenced media and political landscapes.
Saturday Night Live helped in making YouTube a popular site. In December 2005, they aired a skit titled Lazy Sunday. This short clip was an instant success for YouTube as the video had nearly 2 million views in one week.
Four months later, a company called Sequoia funded YouTube to the tune of $8 million dollars. A year later, Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion.
There are a couple of extraordinary events in YouTube history:
- April 6, 2006: “The Evolution of Dance,” a six-minute mashup of 50 years of dance crazes was put on YouTube. It became the most popular clip in YouTube history. It generated over 131 million views.
- July 23, 2007: CNN and YouTube hosted their first presidential debate.
- April 11, 2009: Susan Boyle became a global celebrity. Her performance on a British show was viewed 80 million times.
- October 12, 2009: YouTube passes 1 billion videos a day. The company still remains unprofitable as they spend more than $700 million to store and serve all the videos.
- May, 2010: The average person spends 15 minutes a day on YouTube.
- Current: 24 hours worth of videos upload every minute.
- Lady Gaga’s video of “Bad Romance” is the most popular video with 185.39 million views.
I can get lost in YouTube. I probably spend too much time hunting for interesting videos and spend most of my YouTube time watching Clay Aiken. Today I found a couple from the beginning of Clay’s professional musical career. He was an amazing talent when these videos were filmed and I feel he is only become better as time has gone by.
I hope you have fun with these videos too!!
By the way…on Wednesday, January 12th we will post our trivia contest for 2 free PBS tickets to the San Francisco Tried & True concert. Seat assignments are unknown at this time, but the seats should be good as they were bought through KQED as part of a pledge gift.