Youtube started as a dating site
Whether or not it would have turned out to be the Tinder for video hookups is up for debate, but Chen is not so sure.
“We always thought there was something with video there, but what would be the actual practical application?
Forget viral videos, live gaming, and millionaire Web celebrities — You Tube’s original mission statement was to help you find love. If it wasn’t for a quick change of mind we’d all be using the service to find our next partner.
According to the Google-owned video platform’s co-founder, Steve Chen, You Tube began life as a dating site.
” Chen told the audience at the South by Southwest tech, film and music conference in Austin, Texas, reports CNet.
“We thought dating would be the obvious choice.” Chen elaborated upon the original concept for You Tube, stating that it was conceived as a site for single people to make and upload videos introducing themselves and stating what they were looking for.
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It was then that Chen, and his colleagues, decided to ditch the matchmaking element altogether.
“OK, forget the dating aspect,” said Chen about the change in direction.
“Let’s just open it up to any video.” It was clearly the right choice.
The domain name "You Tube.com" was activated on February 14, 2005 with video upload options being integrated on April 23, 2005.
The first You Tube video, titled Me at the zoo, was uploaded on April 23, 2005, and shows co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo.