It may be hard to argue that an event 14 years ago this week may have had more of an impact on our use of the internet than any other so far.
The video sharing service YouTube went online for the first time on February 14, 2,005. From humble beginnings in a room above a combination pizza and Japanese restaurant in San Mateo California the service now boasts millions of users a day who download content that’s produced in 76 languages.
Today we use YouTube to share family and personal videos, to look at clips on historical events and watch tutorials on everything from how to play the guitar to how to change a belt on a washing machine.
The amount of content is incredible and we don’t mind wading through commercial content to use it.
You may have never heard the names Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, or Jawed Karim, but their work in creating YouTube has changed the way we use the internet and how we spend some of our spare time too.
That’s the way I see it.