With Fashion Week and Valentine’s Day around the corner, the Web has more than enough going on these days. Still, the looming deluge of glamour and love won’t likely be enough to drown out YouTube’s 10-year anniversary. Come February 14, 10 years will have passed since the founders of the internet’s most prolific video platform registered the domain, www.youtube.com.
The platform has grown from its humble, somewhat voyeuristic beginnings into one of the largest generators of downstream Internet traffic today. With more than one billion unique monthly users, YouTube commanded 14% of all home Internet traffic during the second half of 2014, and 20% of all mobile traffic during the same period, according to USA Today. As one of the dominant pillars of contemporary digital culture, YouTube has been instrumental in the disruption of digital content creation and consumption, something marketers know only too well.
Users on Twitter have been slowly ramping up their social sound off on the milestone.
YouTube is 10 years old this year, on Valentine’s Day. Damn dude.
— Chaz (@Chazarz) February 11, 2015
I can’t believe YouTube is coming to its 10 year anniversary ? can’t believe Ive been on it since 06
— Cody Nardy (@CBERNAUGHTY) January 24, 2015
it’s youtube’s 10 year anniversary in 3 days
which is on valentines day
red is the colour of love
and the colour of youtube um that’s scary
— Lisa (@hellosugg) February 11, 2015
This year’s Valentine’s day marks YouTube’s 10 year anniversary. Feels like it’s been a century relative to the amount of crap I’ve watched.
— Ronald Jenkees (@AaronAbrams) January 21, 2015
It’s so weird seeing videos on YouTube that were uploaded from 9 years ago. It’ll be the 10-year anniversary in a few days too, nah.
— Opie (@AyoCarl) January 29, 2015
Can we have a YouTube party since the 10-year anniversary is coming up? @YouTube
— Maggie Baboomian (@mags_b9191) February 4, 2015
Youtube’s 10 year anniversary is on Valentine’s Day wow in honor of that I will be watching hella Gameplay videos lol
— leah af (@scootsgotbooty) February 6, 2015