Me at the zoo is the first-ever video that was uploaded to YouTube. It was uploaded on April 23, 2005 at 20:27:12 PDT (April 24, 2005 at 3:27:12 UTC) by the site's cofounder Jawed Karim, with the username "jawed" and recorded by his high school friend Yakov Lapitsky.
He created an account on YouTube the same day.
The nineteen-second video was shot by Yakov Lapitsky at the San Diego Zoo, featuring Karim in front of the elephants in their old exhibit in Elephant Mesa, professing his interest in their "really, really, really long trunks".
The transcript of the video is:
Alright, so here we are in front of the, uh, elephants. Uh. The cool thing about these guys is that they have really, really, really long, um, trunks, and that's, that's cool. And that's pretty much all there is to say.
The Los Angeles Times explains that "as the first video uploaded to YouTube, it played a pivotal role in fundamentally altering how people consumed media and helped usher in a golden era of the 60-second video." The Observer describes its production quality as "poor". As of April 2017[update], the video has received 38 million views and more than 220,000 comments.
On the tenth anniversary of YouTube in 2015, the description was changed to "The first video on YouTube. Maybe it's time to go back to the zoo?" On October 11, 2016, he added "The name of the music playing in the background is the single 'Sandstorm' released in 1999, as the first single from Before the Storm, by Finnish DJ and music producer Darude" to the description. As of March 2017, this description has been altered to "The name of the music playing in the background is Darude - Sandstorm."
IT began with a spectacularly ordinary 18-second clip of man at the zoo, watching some elephants... It has been viewed almost 2 million times.
"Me at the zoo" is a man called Karim's 19-second long report from the elephant enclosure at San Diego zoo... But its historical significance means that it has had well over a million hits so far.
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The ﬁrst video on YouTube was uploaded at 8:27 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2005. It’s called “Me at the Zoo,” and it features the musings of Jawed Karim, one of the site’s founders, as elephants nose around in hay behind him.
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