Youtube History - Who created YouTube and when was YouTube started?



YouTube as we know is probably the biggest video sharing website on the internet, YouTube lets users upload, view and share video clips. YouTube was created in mid February 2005 by three former PayPal employees - steve chen, chad hurley and jawed karim, although we don't hear about Jawed Karim that much for some reason. Youtube right now is the most popular video site on the web and is amont the top ranked website. Every day millions of visitors surf it to watch videos ranging from music, comdey, educatioinal, news, entertainment and just about anything. Recently people have been criticizing YouTube for not censoring the islamic extremist videos such as by Osama Bin Laden's Al Qaida messages that has been uploaded by its users.

Prior to PayPal, Chad Hurley studied design at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Steven Chen and Jawed Karim studied computer science together at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The domain name YouTube.com was activated on February 15, 2005, and the website was developed over the subsequent months. The public a preview of the YouTube site was done in May 2005, six months before YouTube made its official debut. Youtube pays its users who become its partners - users whose videos gets lots of views gets invited to partner up with YouTube and pay them based on the number of views it generates.


YouTube puts a limit on how much a user can upload at a time, but not how often or how many videos users want to upload. The maximum upload limit for one video is 100 MB and the video can't exceed 10 minutes. Unregistered users can watch most videos on the site, while registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos. Some videos are available only to users of age 18 or older. Related videos, determined by title and tags, appear onscreen to the right of a given video.

In October 2006, Google bought YouTube for US$1.65 billion. The entire buying process was completed on November 13, 2006. In YouTube's second year, many functions or features were added to enhance user ability to post video 'responses' and subscribe to content feeds and make it more like a social networking website. Since acquiring YouTube, Google has gotten itself into hundreds of lawsuits. The most reason one to appear during March 2008 is againt media giant Viacom.

In response to Viacom's March 2007 initial copyright infringement lawsuit, San Bruno, Calif.-based YouTube released last October a beta version of the YouTube Video Identification tool that is intended to monitor video clips posted on its site to guard against copyright infringement.

Like many internet technology startups, YouTube was started as an angel-funded enterprise from a makeshift office in a garage. YouTube in the beginning promised to give out a freeiPod Nano to one random member every day until the end of the year, itís user-base steadily grew until venture capital firms began to take notice. In November 2005, venture firm Sequoia Capital invested an initial $3.5 million; additionally, Roelof Botha, partner of the firm and former CFO of PayPal, joined the YouTube board of directors. In April 2006, Sequoia put an additional $8 million into the company, which had experienced huge popular growth within its first few months.