5 February 2014
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Interesting things you need to know about YouTube

YouTube is a giant, it is humongous and all pervading. On average more videos are uploaded in YouTube within a span of two months than the total number created in sixty years jointly by the three most prominent television networks in the U.S.A.

The average user spends somewhere between 15 to 25 minutes browsing through videos on YouTube per day, but actually how much information do we possess about our favourite video site? Do you know all the three founders of YouTube? Can you tell which is the most watched video ever?

There are loads and loads of interesting stuff to know about YouTube and presenting before you are the most interesting facts an avid YouTube user needs to know. Let us know about other facts which we missed out.

  • PayPal’s Role in the Creation of YouTube

The original creators of YouTube were Chad Hurley, Jawed Karim and Steve Chen way back in 2005. All of them were colleagues at another internet platform and that was PayPal. In fact Chad had designed the logo for PayPal then and applied for a job in the company. The bonuses that they received (from the buy-out of PayPal by Ebay) had initially funded the creation of YouTube. Thus, if there wasn’t PayPal, there might not have been any YouTube either.

  • YouTube’s First Ever Video

The first ever video to be uploaded on the site was not a classic by any stretch of your imagination. It is a shot of co founder Jawed Karim in San Diego Zoo, standing before an elephant enclosure talking about long trunks. I know what you’re thinking, it’s lame as hell, but has lapped up a whooping 4,282,497 views till date.

  • Origins of YouTube as a Dating Site

The trio that founded YouTube did not come up with the current concept at the beginning. Rumours are that the site began business as a dating site named ‘Tune In Hook Up’. It was incidentally inspired by HotorNot. Ultimately it was decided that the idea should be scraped.

  • Annual April Fool Pranks by YouTube

YouTube has been pranking millions of its users every year continuously for the last few years. The 1st was amazing, as you know by now, all the videos on the homepage of the site ware a Rickroll.   For the last three years YouTube has pranked its millions of users every April Fools Day. In 2009, they turned YouTube upside down and the very next year to save on the costs of bandwidth, the administrators introduced a ‘TEXTp’ mode, that converted colors to text in the videos.

  • The most Liked, Viewed and ‘Favorited’ Video

Without taking into account music videos (that are mostly restricted to the U.S. viewers due to licensing restrictions), the most widely viewed video in the history of the site is the all time classic ‘Charlie bit my finger,’ which has got an amazing 282,151,886 hits (when this article was written).  If music videos are to be included, Justin Beiber’s ‘Baby’ video is at the top with over 466 million hits, although there are controversies regarding the number of actual views.

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