• YouTube Turns Five

    In April 2005 a guy called Yakov Lapitsky uploaded the first video on Youtube. It was a 19-second clip taken at San Diego Zoo with this inspiring monologue:
    Alright so here we are in front of the elephants. The cool thing about these guys is that they have really really really long trunks, and that's cool. And that's pretty much all there is to say.
    In many ways the lameness of this video has become a cliché of all that is Youtube. But while it's easy to mock the triteness of user-generated videos, it's also easy to forget just how much Youtube has changed the world.

    Home video cameras changed the way history is recorded. Cellphone cameras took it to a new level, ensuring that most historic moments have a good chance of being recorded. Youtube completed the process by providing a simple and effective distribution channel to the entire world.

    PC World has an article looking at some of the most significant impacts of Youtube, including the customer feedback revolution, incriminating video evidence, politics and activism, viral videos and instant superstars.

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