Yeganeh Haidari/Edge columnist

YouTube is a popular American internet site where users can upload videos. YouTube allows creators to post unique content and build their platforms for free. 

 Viewers can interact with the videos by disliking, liking, or commenting. The video creators began calling themselves “YouTubers” as the community of users increased exponentially over the years.  

The phenomenal site was created by three former Pay Pal employees, Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. On February 14, 2005, YouTube was launched in the united states.  

They started the website as a dating site but then the co-founder rebranded YouTube as a general video sharing site. 

 They stated that they believed regular people would enjoy homemade videos. The site was run by 65 employees in an improvised garage.  

In April 2005 Jawed Karim one of the co-creators published the first YouTube video by a zoo. On September 2005 a Nike advertisement starring Ronaldinho hit a million views for the first time. 

Google soon saw the potential in the company, in October 2006 google bought the site for $1.65 billion. 

YouTube has reached the potential google recognized. Today YouTube is the second biggest largest search engine. Google recently revealed that YouTube is a 15 billion a year business.

“As of May 2019, there were more than 500 hours of content uploaded to YouTube each minute and one billion hours of content being watched on YouTube every day.”  

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