Me at the zoo

Me at the zoo

Me at the zoo is the first video ever to be uploaded to YouTube. It was uploaded at 8:27 pm on Saturday, April 23, 2005 by Jawed Karim, one of the co-founders of the site, under the username ‘jawed.’ Described by ‘The Observer’ as ‘poor-quality,’ the video was shot by Yakov Lapitsky at the San Diego Zoo; it features Karim in front of the elephants, explaining how interesting their ‘really, really, really long trunks’ are, and is 19 seconds long.

‘The Los Angeles Times’ states: ‘as the first video uploaded to YouTube, it played a pivotal role in fundamentally altering how people consumed media and helped usher in a golden era of the 60-second video.’

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