I was pretty young when YouTube launched back in 2005. I honestly don’t think my family even had a computer that could download a short video in under an hour until probably 2007 or 2008, so I definitely missed the “prehistoric” early days of the mega-giant platform that is now YouTube.
So, funny enough, I just happened to do a search of the first uploads ever to YouTube, and it turns out the 2nd video ever uploaded to the site is titled “My Snowboarding Skillz” uploaded on April 23, 2005. The video was only beaten by “Me At The Zoo” which was uploaded by YouTube’s co-founder Jawed Karim.
I, naturally, had to find this clip to see what it’s all about. Not sure if you’ve seen it before, but it’s a relatively tame clip of a guy biting it on a box feature at a very slow speed. It honestly seems like the perfect video for the genesis of YouTube. Crappy camera quality, mildly interesting content, and only 10 seconds long. Maybe this guy news apps like Vine and TikTok were gonna be big before everybody else…? 😆
The video is over 15 years old and accumulated over 1.5 million views. Check it out for yourself!
The video is obviously nothing special, but it’s gotta be pretty cool to claim the title of the 2nd oldest YouTube video in history. I was also stoked that the video featured a snow sport.
Anyways, I’ll let you get back to your day. I just thought you would read this blog, watch that video and say to yourself, “Huh, well that was sorta cool” and then you’ll share this blog with your fellow skiing and snowboarding friends.
Then my boss will say, “Hey Matt. Nice work on that somewhat interesting blog and tidbit of information. Here’s $1,500,000.”
That would be nice…