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#HappyBirthdayYouTube – 10 Years of Fail Videos, Nyan Cat and More

The month of May is coming to an end and what better way to round it off, than with a celebration of one of our favourite social networks?

Ten years ago YouTube launched in beta, so do you know what that means? Yeah, we’re old…AND we’ve been watching silly videos online for a whole decade. That’s like... half my lifetime. Duuuude.

To honour the occasion YouTube has been busy releasing bits and bobs throughout the month.

On Thursday, YouTube Spotlight released a mashup of their favourite videos. It was made up of 75 different video references and involved 18 diverse film making styles. The gist of the video is to showcase the A-Z of YouTube: starting with A for Animals like keyboard cat and works its way through the alphabet, past M for Memes with Nyan Cat, W for Weird with Salad Fingers (*shudders*) and finishes with Z for zoo – (bit broad that last one isn’t it YouTube?) 

To be fair to YouTube, I think the zoo thing has something to do with YouTube's first ever video! 


But wait, that’s not all.

I thought that this catchy 3 minute video and rap would be enough to celebrate a tenth birthday, but no, no, no.  It seems that the celebrations have literally been one month long!

On the 1st of May, YouTube Spotlight also released some playlists. The first of which was titled 'A is for Animals.’ And you guessed it, it is a list of all the top animal videos on YouTube, featuring Grumpy Cat, that screaming goat we mentioned earlier, a hamster eating a burrito and so much more. 

It’s nearly 20 minutes of sheer procrastination enhancing cuteness.

Throughout the remainder of the month they brought out several more playlists of a similar fashion. But it seems likely that most people missed them. Today seemed like it was the first day that people realised it was YouTube's tenth anniversary.

The videos are definitely worth exploring and watching if you know, you’re bored or something.

I have also discovered that there are articles on YouTube A to Z on their trendy "trends blog": http://youtube-trends.blogspot.co.uk/ but all of this just seems slightly misplaced. 

Like I missed something? 

The blog articles are really interesting too! They have compiled some shocking statistics and cool facts, for example, we can learn in the "T for Time lapse" article that more than 4,400 days (or 12 years) worth of time lapse footage has been uploaded onto YouTube, which has been viewed nearly 4 billion times in total.  

And if you think you’ve nearly learnt it all from the blogs and the videos, then you might just be ready for their quiz: https://youtube10.withgoogle.com/

It’s all really interesting stuff, but I just find it sad that it's only just being talked about today.

I feel a bit like the party bus has just passed me by at 120mph without letting me on. I’m sure everyone’s having a great time on the bus, but the invites just didn’t quite get to us all. 

Megan Herdson
Megan is a country girl who moved to the city with some big dreams. She is studying her MA in Creative Writing whilst also managing an American Football Team.  She loves her blog and wants nothing more than to have her words read. That and to win the Championship, obviously. Follow her @MeganAtSMF

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#HappyBirthdayYouTube – 10 Years of Fail Videos, Nyan Cat and More Reviewed by Unknown on Saturday, May 30, 2015 Rating: 5

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