Did YouTube succeed at launch?

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YouTube was originally intended to be a dating site, but co-founders quickly realized it needed to be more. It now has 5 billion daily video views and was sold to Google for $1.65 billion. Fun facts include the first video being of a zoo visit and a slide at their headquarters.

Every day, people from all over the world and of all ages watch nearly 5 billion videos on the YouTube website, but when the streaming service started in 2005, the only people it was expected to attract were single adults looking for a appointment. Those romantic ideas were short-lived. Five days later, the number of people uploading videos introducing themselves to potential partners was zero. Co-founder Steve Chen said it quickly became apparent that YouTube needed to be more than just a matchmaker, so he and fellow co-founders Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim decided to open things up to any uploads. From there, things quickly took off, and in November 2006, the group sold its video-sharing service to Google for $1.65 billion. In a way, love is still its thing: People love YouTube so much that they watch 1 billion hours of video every day and upload 500 hours of it every minute.

Looking into YouTube:

The first YouTube video was of co-founder Jawed Karim visiting the San Diego Zoo in April 2005.
Cat videos are hugely popular on YouTube, which includes one of cats “boxing” in Thomas Edison’s studio in 1894.
YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California includes a huge slide that employees can ride instead of taking the stairs or elevator.

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