The popular social media website YouTube is celebrating its five-year anniversary.
The video website has helped launch media careers and kept people laughing with funny home videos.
"What started as a site for bedroom vloggers and viral videos has evolved into a global platform that supports HD and 3-D, broadcasts entire sports seasons live to 200+ countries," the company said in a post on its official blog.
Recently, YouTube introduced an especially dedicated separate channel 'YouTube 5 year channel' for its viewers to express the views about YouTube in these five years. The 'YouTube 5 year channel' already has 14980 subscribers with the 349591 channel views and 17,019 comments so far and expected to increase.
The first ever video uploaded in the site was 'Me at the Zoo', a 19 seconds video by the co-founder Jawed Karim. Overtime, YouTube became popular leading to private channels hosted by celebrities and politicians. The Queen of England, in 2007 has released a Royal Channel for sharing Christmas message and President Barrack Obama and Pope Benedict released their own channel in the year 2009
The website is also known for other videos in its history, including the video of an Iranian girl who was shot and lay dying in the street during the Islamic Republic's protests. Iranian protestors went on to use the social media site to bypass government censors and broadcast the regime's violent crackdown to the world.
YouTube has a worldwide following and boasts more than two billion video views a day.
"The average viewer watches 800 minutes per month," said Jonathan Taplin, a professor of digital media at the USC Annenberg School of communications and journalism.
YouTube was once a garage start-up. In 2006, Google purchased it for $1.6 billion. It has been estimated that about 40 percent of the U.S. Internet users uses it regularly.