Seven years ago today, YouTube got its first content, a very unassuming 19 second video about how elephants have "really, really long trunks, and that’s cool." Entitled "Me At The Zoo," the clip was uploaded way back in 2007 and features -- along with some elephants -- YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim. In that time, the video has amassed some 7,490,607 views, a number that pales in comparison to newer classics like Rebecca Black's Friday, which picked up nearly 30 million in 7 months, or what purports to be the original Nyan Cat video, which managed 71 million in a year.
Six years ago this month, YouTube was born, and it's remarkable to consider how far the online video platform has come in the time since. In a blog post commemorating its birthday, the YouTube team lets drop some truly eye-popping stats: Every minute, YouTube users upload 48 hours of video, twice as much as they were uploading at this time last year. Even more remarkably, YouTube now sees 3 billion video views per day, a 50% increase over last year. As Peter Kafka notes, in December of 2005, when the mainstream media started talking about YouTube in connection with the proto-viral "Lazy Sunday" video, it saw 2.5 million video views a day. Three orders of magnitude in six years is not bad at all. (YouTube Blog via Mashable, AllThingsD)