5 Cool YouTube Facts. We already did a video on Google and apple facts so it's YouTube's turn now. These are 5 YouTube facts you probably didn't know yet!
5. The 301+ Count
We have all seen this. A video gets stuck at 301 views and stays there for a while. Why? 301+ appears when the video accumulates enough views to merit YouTube taking a closer look to ensure that they’re all real. Why 301? This is simply an idiosyncrasy dating back to the early days of YouTube. When the code was written to dictate when the views should be analyzed in more detail, a ‘less than or equal to sign’ was used, instead of less than.
4. The Creators
YouTube was created by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim in 2005. The three founders knew each other from working together at another Internet startup, PayPal. When the trio was bought out of PayPal by E-bay, the trio used some of that money to fund YouTube.
3. The first YouTube Video
The first video to ever be uploaded to YouTube isn't a classic by any means. Shot by Yakov Lapitsky at the San Diego Zoo it shows co-founder Jawed Karim in front of the elephant enclosure going on about long trunks. It has, nonetheless, racked up millions and millions of views! That other video you see is our own first video. We are not proud of it, but if you click it you can check it out and find out for yourself that we have come a long way… 😉
2. Most viewed and Biggest Channel
"Gangnam Style” by Psy is the most viewed video on YouTube with over 2 BILLION(!) views when this video was created. Almost twice as much as "Baby" by Justin Bieber, which comes in second. The biggest channel is called "music", an auto-generated channel by YouTube.
1. The Idea
As with a lot of good inventions. The idea of YouTube was the solution to 2 problems the creators ran into. The first was Karim's inability to find footage online of Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction," during the 2004 Super bowl and the second when Hurley and Chen were unable to share video footage of a dinner party due to e-mail attachment limitations… When we found out about this one we were mostly surprised that YouTube is only 10 years old!