Five years ago today, the official YouTube blog announced, “We want to start changing some of the perception here. Which is why we’re adding several of the most popular and prolific original content creators from the YouTube community to our partnership program.” Among the first content creators offered partnership were Smosh, Lonelygirl15, LisaNova and renetto. The partnership program has seen some dramatic changes recently, but that day five years ago would go on to change the face of YouTube forever. Over time, we have seen YouTube become on of the most important hub for independent video artists and a place for creators to begin legitimate careers. The following infographic tracks YouTube partnership from the day it was announced to this moment.
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