Happy 8th birthday, YouTube!
From an initial beta test video of co-founder Jawed Karim entitled “Me At the Zoo” back on April 23, 2005, through now, YouTube has seen mountains rise, oceans fall and a girl brushing her teeth with poop to win an iPhone.
Along the way, there have been millions of other important moments (well, their uploaders thought they were important anyhow …) that have effectively changed the face of pop culture and society, both for better and for worse. And if you have that sort of control, you know you are on to something HUGE.
So we’ve decided instead of getting YouTube a cake (who needs the calories — plus we still have some leftover from Grumpy Cat’s birthday … tuna fish cake was not a good choice), NMR is going to select the 8 videos that shaped the matrix of the YouTube we know today. We expect debate on this — you might feel some video is better, or somehow more relevant — but we assure you that you’re wrong. We’re a badass, cutting-edge social media magazine with powerful friends and sexy parties — you’re just some person with college debt and butt acne.
So without further adieu, here are the 8 most important videos from YouTube’s past (and naturally, we ranked them to piss you off even more):