YouTube Grows Up: A Visual History of How the Video-Sharing Site Has Changed Over The Past 8 Years

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Eight years ago today, three PayPal employees — Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim — made history and registered the YouTube.com URL. That moment and the subsequent video of Jawed Karim at the zoo would significantly impact the way we entertain and inform ourselves forever. Starting off as a website where users worldwide shared interesting videos, YouTube is now a global entertainment phenomenon.

Whether you consider the day they registered the YouTube URL or the day Jawed Karim went to the zoo as YouTube’s anniversary, the video-streaming site has come a long way from a place where you could just “broadcast yourself.” The YouTube layout has changed throughout the years to encourage more interaction and to more effectively feature its most popular talent. And as YouTube has grown to become more of a personality and web series-driven site, the most subscribed list has also seen more than its fair share of changes.

Join us as NMR walks down memory lane to see how the YouTube has evolved over the years.

2005

February 14 – YouTube.com’s URL is registered.

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April 23 – Jawed Karim upload the first video on YouTube titled “Me at the zoo.”

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2006

November 13 – Google finalizes its acquisition of YouTube.

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December 31 – Most Subscribed Channel Standings

 

 

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2007

May 3 – YouTube introduces the Partner Program, where its most popular creators get promotional opportunities and share advertising revenue.

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The top most subscribed channels at the time

2008

November 4 – YouTube’s first Presidential election.

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2009

July 15

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2010

May 15

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2011

October 31

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The top most subscribed

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2012

December 14

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The top most subscribed

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