You Tube Marks Five Years

By Lori Preuitt
|  Sunday, Apr 25, 2010  |  Updated 10:35 AM PDT
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Five years is nearly a lifetime in Internet years. But one of the web's most popular sites is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

Five years is nearly a lifetime in Internet years. But one of the web's most popular sites is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

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The online video site YouTube has transformed the Web, but you might be surprised to hear that they have done it in just five years. 

This week marked the five year anniversary of the first video clip posting by co-founder Jawed Karim.   He did it on April 23, 2005 at 8:27 p.m.  It took him two months to complete the upload of a :19 clip of his visit to the San Diego Zoo.

Back then, Karim's idea of mass online video postings was on just about nobodies radar screen.   

"Me at the Zoo" has been watched by nearly 2 million viewers.

A year later, Google paid $1.65 billion in an all-stock deal for the video-delivery site.

The traffic on the site -- and submissions to it -- has exploded since its inception; YouTube says that Web visitors to the site watch hundreds of millions of videos every day.  According to YouTube, 24 hours of video is uploaded every minute.

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