YouTube, much like Facebook and other social media sites, has become such a large part of our lives that many of us don’t even notice how much time we spend there. Others out there are happily “TV Free” and get most of the media and news from the internet via YouTube. Like the internet itself, if there’s some weird thing you’re into, or something you want to learn, you can find it on YouTube. As one of the largest sites on the internet connecting humans with other humans, let’s all learn and appreciate 25 Fascinating Facts About YouTube You Should Know.
It was created in 2005 by three of the guys who helped start up PayPal. Steven Chen, Jawed Karim and Chad Hurley knew each other from working at PayPal, and YouTube was first founded from bonuses from eBay buying out PayPal. No PayPal bonuses, no Youtube?
The first video ever uploaded to Youtube was one of the founders, Jawed Karim, talking about elephants in a zoo for 18 seconds.
One of the highest paid youtubers, DC Toys Collector, has a very odd and bizarrely soothing channel. Remember the joy of opening a new toy when you were a child? DC Toys Collector makes videos of just that and is so popular that they have over 9 MILLION subscribers. In 2014, it is estimated that they made over 4 million dollars...just by recording themselves opening toys and describing them.
In 2015, according to YouTube, Americans had watched over 600 MILLION hours of beauty videos. YouTube and beauty gurus have not only taught countless women and men how to up their makeup game, they've become a cultural phenomenon in their own right.
There are several ways people make money on YouTube: Putting ads in front of videos; having videos sponsored, or having a patreon account where people can support you and your content either monthly or every time you put out a video. Patreon allows people to support artists and content creators directly, instead of supporting their sponsors.
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