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The YouTube Phenomenon

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YouTube.com is a revolutionary media web site that allows people to broadcast themselves. Anyone and everyone can upload home videos and all other types to the YouTube.com web site. YouTube is truly revolutionary because never before in the history or human beings has the everyday individual had access or the “power” to make media broadcasts to the whole world!

No-one could have anticipated how popular YouTube would become. Its popularity and fame have literally skyrocketed from the moment of inception. YouTube.com was officially incorporated in February of 2005. It received immediate recognition as a site to keep your eye on. Only one year after launch, seeing the strength and potential of YouTube, Google.com made the decision to buy the company and they have held ownership ever since.

YouTube.com was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim. All three of these had previously worked together at PayPal.com. There are many stories written about how these 3 came to form YouTube. After many discussions and after coming up with the idea for YouTube.com, they left their jobs at PayPal to pursue their own venture.

All kinds of videos and broadcasts can be found on the YouTube web site. Files are uploaded from the most amateur of videos that are made in a bedroom somewhere to highly professional, made-for-TV-quality broadcasts. One of the unique and also great things about YouTube is that videos of any quality can become extremely popular. It seems that videos are accepted and made popular for their content rather than for their quality or artistic prowess. This is the phenomenon of YouTube!

YouTube has a strong Social Networking element to it. Non YouTube members can watch videos however YouTube members can also post written reviews and comments on the videos they watch. Anyone that has an email account can sign up and become a member of YouTube. Star ratings for every video are also used to indicate how good the public rates the video.

YouTube is now such a popular site that it is not uncommon for the most popular videos to be watched over tens of millions of times by people. One of the most popular videos ever on YouTube is an entertainment video called, The Evolution of Dance. It is a six-minute dance routine performed by a popular comedian. It showcases his talent to dance and to entertain people and it has brought him unexpected worldwide recognition.

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