The website that popularized “Shoes,” “Chocolate Rain,” Justin Beiber and so many other pop culture cornerstones posted its first video exactly 10 years ago. On April 23, 2005, YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim shared “Me at the zoo”—and the rest is viral video history.
Today, “Me at the zoo”—in which Karim shares his experience at an elephant exhibit over the course of 18 seconds—has garnered over 19 million views. “Me at the zoo” also serves as the title of a 2012 HBO documentary that dives into the life of video blogger Chris Crocker, of “Leave Britney Alone” fame.
The most-viewed YouTube video, Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” has over 2.3 billion views to date. Music videos by Bieber, Katy Perry, LMFAO, Eminem, Shakira, Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Lopez round out the list of YouTube’s top 10 most watched posts.
So the next time you watch “Charlie bit my finger” or go on a binge of adorable cat videos, remember that it all started with Karim sharing his simple trip to the zoo.