Happy Birthday, YouTube: 10 years in one brilliant edit


YouTube celebrates its tenth year running with this massively entertaining edit. Photo: YouTube
YouTube celebrates its tenth year running with this massively entertaining edit. Photo: YouTube

Grumpy Cat, T-Shirt-guy, Leave Brittany alone! Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, Bill Gates. Music videos, TV episodes, vlogs, and — of course — PewDiePie.

That’s just a small sampling of the amazing video compilation edit you can see right now on YouTube, created by Luc Bergeron, director and video editor for YouTube, to celebrate ten years of the Google-owned video portal.

Take a look at this amazing edit of 198 YouTube videos below and be ready to thrill to all the video memes you already know, plus a ton you might have missed.

Can you imagine a time without the ubiquitous video service, available on every video device you have, from your iPhone and iPad to Mac to smart TV? YouTube has re-defined the way we create and consume video from the moment it came into being, and we love this retrospective for reminding us.

It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years since YouTube went live, bursting forth from the minds of three young entrepreneurs who all hailed from PayPal. Co-founder Jawed Karim said that the inspiration for the video sharing service came after videos of Janet Jackson’s 2004 exposed breast was too hard to find online, oh, and the Indian Ocean tsunami later that year.

The first video, though, wasn’t of a wardrobe malfunction, but came from Karim himself, on April 23, 2005 – a video called “Me at the zoo.” It’s pretty much what the title says it is.

The sharing service has grown quite a bit since then, with YouTube reporting nearly double the prime-time audience for its two billion videos served per day back in 2010, a figure that doubled itself by 2012.

Sure, some might take issue with the videos Bergeron should have (or should not have) included, but as he states on the video page, “This is a personal selection. I know there are a lot of other videos that could be part of this compilation. Enjoy!!!!!”


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