Yesterday was a very special day for Youtube. It’s been exactly 15 years since the first video was posted on the platform. An ordinary 18-second short film shot at the San Diego Zoo in California, put online by Jawed Karim, one of the site’s co-founders. We see the young man for a few seconds with an elephant appearing behind him. It was April 23, 2005.
The platform has since exploded. Every month, two billion people connect to it and one billion hours of video are viewed daily. By registering, on February 14, 2005, the domain name YouTube.com, Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim, three former PayPal employees, certainly did not imagine the success that their baby was going to have.
Taken over the following year by Google, the YouTube platform has since interfered in people’s daily lives. The site has participated in global excitement.
15 years ago, the first Youtube video appeared
“Me at the zoo” now has more than 90 million views, but the platform’s records are in the billions, like the songs “Despacito” (6.7 billion views), “Baby Shark Dance “(5.1 billion) or” Gangnam Style “(3.5 billion).
It is worth mentioning that YouTube has generated nearly $5 billion in ad revenue in the fourth quarter of last year. On the other hand, Google bought the website in 2006 for $1.65 billion.
On an annual basis, Google says YouTube generated $15 billion last year and contributed roughly 10 percent to all Google revenue. Those figures make YouTube’s ad business nearly one fifth the size of Facebook’s. In addition to and more than six times larger than all of Amazon-owned Twitch.
Overall, Alphabet made $46 billion in revenue in the quarter that ended December 31st, 2019. It’s a 17 percent jump over 2018. Nearly $10.7 billion of that was profit, the company says. Google’s search business remains the big moneymaker of Alphabet’s sprawling empire, earning $27.2 billion for the quarter. But alongside YouTube ad revenue, Google is also disclosing the financial performance of its cloud computing division. Google Cloud made $2.6 billion in revenue for the quarter, the report reveals.