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Who Invented YouTube

YouTube is the most popular video sharing sites on the Internet and YouTube contains over 83.4 million videos. This article will tell you exactly who invented YouTube and also tell you some facts about YouTube.

Who Invented It?

YouTube was invented by three former PayPal employees in February 2005. The three co-founders are Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim. Chen and Karim had actually attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign together, both studying computer science. It took the three inventors six months to build the site.

Facts about YouTube

  • YouTube is blocked in several countries. Pakistan blocked YouTube on February 23, 2008 over concerns that there were videos offensive to the Islamic faith. Three days later, the ban was removed as YouTube took the offending material down.
  • Many schools have also begun to ban access to YouTube over fears that people will watch and/or upload videos of bullying and school fights
  • The main criticism of YouTube is that it allows people to upload any content that infringes copyright. YouTube has been subject of a number of lawsuits as companies claim that YouTube should do more to block people uploading copyrighted videos. In response, YouTube has added a ‘digital fingerprint’ system that checks videos that are uploaded against the original content.
  • YouTube is currently owned by Google Inc. There is some speculation that Google will try and sell YouTube as it is actually costing them more money than it is making them. The bandwidth costs are estimated to be more than $US1,000,000 a day!
  • YouTube allows you to upload videos in the following formats; WMV, AVI, MOV, MPEG and MP4. Videos can also be uploaded directly from a mobile phone.
  • Some people have tried to use automated systems to inflate the number of views a video has. This is used to try and get videos to become the most watched videos ever. This is against the Terms of Service and YouTube has banned many videos from contention for the most watched videos as people have used automated software to inflate the view count.

(4) Comments

  1. Actually, Chad and Steve only FOUNDED YouTube, I invented the brand in 1998/1999 working for a start-up called Grand Illusion Studios. The company sold its only product in 1999 after I coined the term, “YouTube” to describe the potential for the company to evolve into a video sharing website. In 2004, I talked to Chad Hurley on the phone and described the idea. The rest, as they say, is history.

  2. If Gilliland is telling the truth. Then Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, Jawed Karim, the only thing I have to say is watch out karma can be a bitch.

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