September 22, 2021
YouTube 13th anniversary

YouTube Turns 13 Years Old Today

The YouTube 13th anniversary features a relatively odd first video upload by co-founder Jawed Karim, just 18 seconds in length…

YouTube is officially a teenager. Today marks the first day of the video hosting site going live on the web. And, its first upload is only an 18 second clip. Co-founder Jawed Karim is center screen at a zoo.

The YouTube 13th Anniversary happens Today

Today, the most widely used video hosting platform, the site has grown leaps and bounds in just over a decade. Its home to dozens of viral videos and self-made celebrity “YouTubers.” It’s also where millions upon millions of people view content covering topics from fashion, to music, to how-to guides, and even car wash critiques.

Presently, there are 1.57 monthly active users or MAUs, 30+ million daily active users or DAUs, and more than 5 billion videos shared to-date. The average viewing session lasts 40 minutes, with 300 hours of content uploaded every hour. There are also 500 million mobile views per day and about 300,000 YouTube TV subscribers.

But, it all started with this YouTube inaugural video, which now claims more than 48 million views: