The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
The coming week is YouTube’s birthday. People watch YouTube videos daily, but few know how it was created, by whom or when. It is really sad to see such an event unmarked in our calendar.
Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawad Karim, former PayPal employees, created YouTube on Feb. 15, 2005. Users can upload, view and share videos.
Niagara College student, Nazia Siddie, 22, from Pakistan, says she spends 90 minutes every day watching YouTube videos, but she doesn’t know when it was created. She thinks it began in 1990.
The YouTube firm is based in San Bruno, Calif. YouTube displays a wide variety of video content, including movie clips, TV clips and music videos, as well as amateur content such as video blogging and short original videos, in addition to media corporations including CBS, BBC and CTV, as a part of the YouTube partnership program.
Unregistered users can watch videos, while registered users can upload an unlimited number of videos.
“I watch 10 to 15 videos every day,” says Jordan Dacosta, 19, a General Art and Science student. “I and my friends have a YouTube channel. We upload funny and entertaining videos every time.”
YouTube officials declared that roughly 60 hours of new videos are uploaded to the site every minute. The site has 800 million users a month. YouTube ranks as the third most-visited website on the Internet, behind Google and Facebook.
Syede Ali, 18, from Pakistan, a Graphic Design student, describes herself as “addicted” to YouTube. She watches tutorials, cooking shows and movies.
“I just want to say I love you, YouTube, and I can’t live without you,” says Ali.
YouTube viewers have different reasons to view videos. Some of them watch for fun, others for games and others for tutorials and school topics.
“Because I’m an automotive power technician, I look for tutorials about cars and subjects related to my field of studies,” says Suraj Soman, 27, from India.
In November 2006, YouTube was bought by Google for $1.65 billion and now operates as a subsidiary of Google.