On YouTube

John Seabrook’s New Yorker piece “Streaming Dreams” explores, in-depth, the development and growth of YouTube. It’s well worth the read.

On the first video ever uploaded to YouTube:

On the evening of April 23, 2005, Karim uploaded the first video to YouTube—an eighteen-second clip of him, standing in front of the elephant enclosure at the San Diego Zoo, wearing an ill-fitting hiking jacket. He says, “The cool thing about these guys is that they have really, really, really long trunks, and that’s cool,” smirks a little, and ends with “And that’s pretty much all there is to say.” Civilization would never be the same.

On the immensity and growth of YouTube:

Today, it has eight hundred million unique users a month, and generates more than three billion views a day. Forty-eight hours of new video are uploaded to the site every minute. According to Nielsen, it drew eight times more video viewers last year than Hulu, which is jointly owned by NBCUniversal, News Corporation, and the Walt Disney Company, among others. It is the first truly global media platform on earth.

There is the premise of users and consumers in the piece. I am strictly a consumer: I’ve never uploaded a single video to YouTube.

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