How the Video Sharing Website Got So Popular

  • YouTube has over 2 billion monthly users who visit the video-sharing platform for their favorite vlogs, music videos, sports highlights, and more.
  • It has been 15 years since the YouTube website was launched to the public in May 2005.
  • YouTube was founded earlier that year by three early PayPal employees. Since then, it has become the most popular free video sharing platform in the world.
  • Take a look at the history of YouTube, from its beginnings as a failed video dating website to a powerful platform that launched a new generation of money-making YouTubers and influencers.
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In 15 years of history, YouTube has become the undisputed king of online video.

It has over 2 billion monthly users who watch hundreds of hundreds of millions of hours of content every day. But many people don’t know how YouTube got its start.

The company grew like a rocket after its founding in 2005 and was acquired by Google 18 months later. Under Google, YouTube has gone from a repository of amateur videos to a powerhouse of original content, not to mention a launchpad for its own new brand of superstardom, like PewDiePie and the Smosh Brothers.

Here’s how YouTube got off to an explosive start and kept that momentum going to become the biggest force in online video.

Shirley K. Rosa