Me at the zoo

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Me at the zoo is the first video ever to be uploaded to YouTube
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. It was uploaded at 8:27 pm on Saturday, April 23, 2005 by Jawed Karim
Jawed Karim
Jawed Karim is a Bangladeshi German American technologist and co-founder of the popular video sharing website YouTube...

, one of the co-founders of the site, under the username "jawed". Described by The Observer
The Observer
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as "poor-quality", the video was shot by Yakov Lapitsky at the San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California, is one of the most progressive zoos in the world, with over 4,000 animals of more than 800 species...

; it features Karim in front of the elephants, explaining how interesting their "really, really, really long trunks" are, and is 19 seconds long.

The Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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states: "as the first video uploaded to YouTube, it played a pivotal role in fundamentally altering how people consumed media and helped usher in a golden era of the 60-second video." , the video had received over 6 million views.