Karim's iconic trip to the zoo—the one where he stands in front of the elephants, what with their really, really, really long trunks—has become part of internet folklore.But, somehow, You Tube's original destiny, to be the best video dating website in all of the land, is rarely mentioned. We said, 'Why not let the users define what You Tube is all about?It's been "rumored" and passed off as fact in one-liners in books, but Karim spoke at length about You Tube's origin story at his University of Illinois commencement speech back in 2007. "They began using You Tube to share videos of all kinds. ' By June, we had completely revamped the website, making it more open and general.
To generate interest, we just said it was a new kind of dating site," Karim said. Karim has long since left the site, which was bought by Google for what now is the laughable sum of $1.65 billion worth of Google stock.
"We even had a slogan for it: Tune in, Hook up." As a dating site, You Tube had very few users. On its 10th birthday, you don't really need me to tell you how important You Tube is or how it's changed the world; how it's arguably one of the top repositories of knowledge, primary sources, and, OK, idiots with a webcam the world has ever seen.
It didn't give you the option to select videos—instead, it chose them at random. Realizing videos of anything would be better than no videos, I populated our new dating site with videos of 747s taking off and landing," Karim said. We were so desperate for some actual dating videos, whatever that even means, that we turned to the website any desperate person would turn to, Craigslist." Karim and his cofounders, Steve Chen and Chad Hurley, took out ads on Craigslist in Las Vegas and Los Angeles in which they offered to pay women $20 to upload videos of themselves to the site. But I find it interesting that Karim has since deleted the videos of 747s taking off that he posted all those years ago. The only one he left up, the only trace of Jawed on You Tube, is him at the zoo.
The server used to host the videos cost $100 a month. Forgive me, but I guess it really is your tube now.
Like Tinder, the Charm app — by Meet Me — is a low-maintenance dating app that requires a swipe to the right or the left.