The history of YouTube as told through 10 iconic videos


It’s been a fast 10 years, hasn’t it?

YouTube was founded on Feb. 14, 2005. What began with a guy standing at the zoo is now enlisting celebrities of its own creation to interview the leader of the free world.

In honor of YouTube’s 10th birthday, watch how the video-sharing site evolved from a small platform to a vital part of our lives. The videos below are what Quartz judges the most emblematic of the year of their uploading.

2005: “Me at the zoo”

This was the first video ever uploaded to YouTube. Featuring YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim standing in front of some elephants, the grainy, 19-second video now has over 17 million views. How far we’ve come.

2006: “Evolution of Dance”

Everyone has seen this one. Everyone. Six minutes of comedian Judson Laipply performing goofy dance moves became YouTube’s first bona fide viral sensation, accumulating 290 million views over the years. It showed what the scale…

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