YouTube: 10 years in 10 videos

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YouTube started, rather innocuously, 10 years ago on 14 February 2005 when was registered as a domain.

Since then, it's gone on to become the biggest video sharing site in the world, transforming how we digest information online, altering the world of advertising and even creating global celebrities out of thin air.

It's hard to believe that YouTube would become the powerhouse it has when the first video ever uploaded was a 19-second video of YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim stood in front of some elephants at San Diego Zoo.

But, 10 years later - with one US$1.65 billion acquisition from Google along the way - YouTube is a force to be reckoned with. It boasts well over 1 billion active users, who between them upload over 300 minutes of new content every day.

After 10 years of YouTube videos, though, the burning question is: what have people been watching all this time?

2005: Tow Chinese Boys - I want it that way

Uploaded by “Cow” and sporting a wonderful typo in the video title, the “tow chinese boys” in question are actually internet comedians known as “Back Dorm Boys”. While this video has now slipped into relative obscurity, it was the most watched video of 2005 and over the intervening ten years has managed to clock up 6,574,282 views.

2006: Evolution of Dance

Dancing has always been infectious, but until Judson Laipply came along with his “Evolution of Dance” video back in 2006, there had never been an outbreak of dance fever like this before, with 289,655,458 cases reported so far.

Next: YouTube from 2007 to 2015

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