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The History of YouTube [Infographic]

history of youtubeWe continue to marvel at the phenomenal growth of social media as if it is unstoppable but when you look at infographics like this one, it certainly seems plausible. The history of YouTube is an incredible example of how social networks are taking over the Internet and our attention with no sign of stopping in the future.

The history of YouTube begins in 2005 when three former PayPal employees came together with the hopes of creating a video-sharing website. They envisioned a platform that would allow users to upload, share, search and view videos online…a primitive idea by today’s standards but a daunting challenge in that era of the Internet.

The first video was “Me At The Zoo” (shown below), a rather bland kick-off to what would become one of the biggest websites on the Internet.

History of YouTube: A Boom For Online Business

The history of YouTube for business has been fruitful so far. Studies have shown 46% of people say they’d be more likely to seek out information about a product or service after seeing it in an online video. (Source)

In a previous article we outlined 10 great ways businesses can use YouTube to promote themselves online:

  1. Pick your niche (and stick to it)
  2. Brand your channel with custom design to match your website and other social profiles
  3. Always put links in your video description
  4. Grab attention with YouTube annotations
  5. Put keywords in your title, description and tags
  6. Choose a great thumbnail
  7. Create content, not commercials
  8. Always have a call to action
  9. Be concise
  10. Share on other social media channels

The History of YouTube [Infographic]

I want to give a big shout out to ShortyMedia for creating this excellent infographic on the history of YouTube. All the milestones from the Google buyout to Gangnam Style are chronicled in this excellent visual timeline.

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Which milestone in the history of YouTube stands out most in your mind? Let us know in the comments below.