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Happy 5th Birthday Youtube! by wearesme
May 17, 2010, 1:17 pm
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Youtube are celebrating its 5th birthday this month. Unbelievable, it feels like its been around for a lifetime! What on earth did we do before Youtube existed?

5 years ago this month, the first beta version of YouTube.com was launched. It’s aim was to give anyone a place to upload their videos and share them with the world. And boy has it succeeded. Yesterday, the website reached a new milestone receiving over 2 billion hits in one day.

What started as a site for bedroom bloggers and viral videos has evolved into a global platform that supports HD and 3D, broadcasts entire sports seasons live to 200+ countries. A combination of easy uploading, embedded videos and an early decision to support all clips in Flash eventually saw YouTube emerge as the victor in the video battle over similar websites such as Vimeo. The company was sold to Google in October 2006 for $1.65 billion.

To celebrate its birthday, they have launched the YouTube Five Year channel. There, you’ll find the “My YouTube Story” project which features people from all over describing how YouTube has changed or shaped their lives.

Whether its to catch up on sports or television programmes, watch hilarious viral videos, or listen to the latest music releases, Youtube is SME’s first point of call and im sure its saved in your favourites too.

Thank god for the internet! SME x


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