YouTube could have been a video-dating website
YouTube, the site we know as home to millions of videos about animals, crazy antics, music, comedy skits, and gaming, could have been a dating website.
YouTube has become home to millions of hours of entertainment thanks to videos of cute pets, music, viral videos, and a booming gaming category. But things could have been very different; YouTube was first imagined as a video-dating website.
Speaking at a SXSW conference, according to CNET, YouTube co-founder Steve Chen revealed that it was supposed to be a place where love hopefuls could upload videos of themselves talking about their perfect match.
Of course, a dating website without any users isn't going to draw anyone in. The co-founders went so far as to offer women of Craigslist $20 to upload a video of themselves, but didn't get any uptake.
This prompted them to open the site up to any video. Fellow co-founder Jawed Karim holds the honour as having the first official video on the site. The video, Me at the Zoo, features 18 seconds of him in front of elephants at the zoo and has been viewed almost 30 million times.
eHarmony did experiment with video introductions, which led to YouTube user hartmanncara uploading a video that has since been seen almost 31 million times and been turned into a musical number by schmoyoho.