“The cool thing about these guys is that they have really, really, really long trunks, and that’s cool.” Though it may not seem like YouTube co-founder, Jawed Karim is unveiling the most prolific of knowledge when describing elephants at the zoo, that apt description would become the very first YouTube video ever uploaded. Seven years ago, “Me At The Zoo” was uploaded as the first video on YouTube, before the video-sharing site was a global phenomenon.
Over seven years YouTube has hosted billions of hours of video content that, in 2011 reached over 1 trillion views. With every video uploaded, the concept of user-generated entertainment, outside the constraints of networks has grown stronger. In 2012, Web videos are being seen more as legitimate entertainment than ever. This has been an achievement seven years in the making, and each of those seven years had one video that changed how we viewed YouTube videos forever.
2005- “Me At The Zoo”
One man, at the zoo talking about elephants. We didn’t know it then, but we were watching the future in the making.
2006– “Evolution of Dance” By Judson Laipply
A guy dancing in an Orange Crush tee shirt tucked into jeans would gain close to 200,000,000 views making it one of the most viral videos of all time.
2007- “Charlie Bit My Finger”
Charlie and his parents would later go on to be interviewed by a number of media outlets. Forcing the public to ask the question, “was today a particularly slow day in news?”
2008- “Bill O’ Reilly Freaking Out”
Nothing about this YouTube video came as a shock to anyone. However, O’ Reilly’s hair proves that he in fact is the love child of Conan O’ Brien and the guy who makes Nick Cage’s wigs.
2009- “David After Dentist”
Who knew a young child under the influence of some very strong drugs could be so entertaining.
2010- “Double Rainbow”
I will just go ahead and let the description of the video, by the video’s author do all the explaining.
“It was rainbowing for at least an hour on January 8th 2010. It was incredible. The camera could not capture the vivid intensity and brightness. Look into the mirror, look into your soul.”
Please note the use of the term “rainbowing.”
2011-“Friday” By Rebecca Black
Many would go on to explain Rebecca Black’s “Friday” as, “fun, fun, fun, fun.” Followed by the declaration that they were, “looking forward to the weekend.”
The R&D team at NMR spent countless hours crunching the numbers to accurately decide which YouTube videos to feature on this list. If you think we missed something, just say “hey you dumb dumbs, what about ____?” in the comments below.