10 years ago, online video was still in its infancy. It was inconvenient to publish video on the Internet, to say the least. You had to have a little bit of programming skills to be able to embed QuickTime or Flash videos on your website or upload anything on a cloud, for that matter. It’s really hard to comprehend a world where we didn’t have cat videos at the tip of our fingers to watch anytime and everywhere we like. And yet, that’s exactly the world we had at the beginning of 2005 on February 14th.
On that Valentine’s Day three young guys, former PayPal employees, wanted to give a world yet another adult meeting website, much like HotOrNot only with the emphasis on shared videos instead of pictures. They registered a domain with a weird name “YouTube.com”. They thought it was an idea worth pursuing but soon enough it turned out it was anything but. (more…)