Me At The ZooADDPMP159
Me at the zoo is the first video that was uploaded to YouTube. It was uploaded on April 23, 2005 at 20:27:12 PDT (April 24, 2005 at 2:17:12 UTC) by the site’s co-founder Jawed Karim, with the username “jawed” and recorded by his high school friend Yakov Lapitsky.
He created a YouTube account on the same day. The 18-second video was shot by Yakov at the San Diego Zoo, featuring Karim in front of the elephants in their old exhibit in Elephant Mesa, making note of their long trunks.
This is the transcript of the video:
All right, so here we are in front of the, uh, elephants, and the cool thing about these guys is that, 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.
In 2013, YouTube introduced a new requirement that forced all commenters to use Google+ accounts. In response to this, Karim updated the description of Me at the zoo and added two annotations to the video.
The Los Angeles Times explained in 2009 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. Digital Trends called it a “nondescript affair” and “tongue-in-cheek” video that set “the tone for what was to come” on YouTube.