With a service as big as YouTube — with literally dozens of hours of new content popping up every minute — it's easy to forget how it all began. Today marks the seventh birthday of YouTube's very first clip which, like much of the site's user-generated content, is a bit humorous but almost entirely pointless.
The 19-second video is entitled Me at the zoo, and it features YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim as he talks a bit about elephants and their really long trunks. The short clip has tallied nearly 7.5 million views since it popped online in April of 2005, which is an impressive number but nowhere near some of the heavy viral hitters like Evolution of Dance (194 million views) or Charlie bit my finger (448 million views).
In the seven years since its launch, YouTube has seen some truly explosive growth. The site now enjoys over 800 million unique viewers per month, watching over four billion videos each day. 60 hours of video is uploaded to the streaming portal every minute, which is the equivalent of roughly 11,368 copies of Me at the zoo. That's a lot of elephants.