This article was originally published in The Daily Dot
By Jaya Saxena
Do you remember where you were the day YouTube launched? I don’t. I was a freshman in college ten years ago today — on April 23, 2005 — but there was no exact moment when YouTube entered my life. It wasn’t there, and then it was everywhere, as if we had been using it the whole time.
“Me at the Zoo” was the first video ever uploaded to the site, and it came from co-founder Jawed Karim. It appeared user name “jawed,” and it seems to be the only video Karim ever uploaded — at least under that name.
The brilliance… is palpable. We open on a young Karim at the San Diego Zoo. He has a look of distrust in his eyes, or perhaps one of sarcasm, as if he is only indulging his audience with the pachydermic expertise to come.
“All right, so here we are in front of the elephants,” Karim begins. He cracks a smile, then looks back. Gesturing with his right hand, he explains that the “cool thing about these guys is they have really, really, really long, um” — he hesitates nervously before the final word — “trunks.”
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