Happy 10th Birthday YouTube!

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computers_social_networks_youtube_034655_-400x250Although the teenagers among us can’t remember a world without it, YouTube, the culture-shaping website that started out in an apartment above a pizza shop, turned ten years old on February 14th.

The origin legends of YouTube go something like this: Jawed Karim, a former PayPal employee, was frustrated that he couldn’t find any videos of the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show in which Janet Jackson revealed her breast. So, Karim, who had studied computer science at the University of Illinois, and two friends, started YouTube in their bachelor pad, above a pizzeria in San Mateo, California.

You can view the inspirational video below:

The first video ever uploaded to the site (below), on April 23 2005, was one of Karim at the San Diego Zoo, as its title reveals.

Since then, the video uploading service has accumulated more than 100 hours of video per minute, uploaded by private individuals and major corporations alike. The site boasts one billion unique users per months, from 61 countries worldwide.

The most viewed YouTube video of all time is the music video for Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” with over two billion hits – an illustrious title for a questionable piece of culture.

Here is a list of the top 10 most viewed videos of all time:

1. “Gangnam Style,” PSY
2. “Baby,” Justin Bieber
3. “Party Rock Anthem,” LMFAO
4. “Charlie bit my finger — again!”
5. “Dark Horse,” Katy Perry
6. “On the Floor,” Jennifer Lopez feat Pitbull
7. “Love the Way You Lie,” Eminem feat. Rihanna
8. “Waka Waka,” Shakira
9. “Gentleman,” Psy
10. “Roar,” Katy Perry

It goes without saying that YouTube is an indispensable part of our online lives – whether it comes to watching a review before buying a car or simply passing the hours with decent music at work.

What did we do before YouTube when we wanted to watch a music video? Did anyone ever really pop a video cassette into the Video Machine and RECORD a video when it came on MTV? Unbelievable.

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