In case you forgot to send an E-card, you should know that yesterday was the 10th anniversary of the very first YouTube video.
It was posted by Jawed Karim, one of YouTube’s founders, and consists solely of him standing in front of the elephant enclosure at the San Diego Zoo. “Cool thing about these guys is that they have really, really really long, um, trunks. And that’s cool,” he says. “And that’s pretty much all there is to say.”
That’s kind of like the Wright Brothers demonstrating the possibilities of air travel by taxiing for a few seconds and calling it a day.
Yet just a year later, Karim and his partners sold it for $1.6 billion. YouTube, not the elephant.
Still, I can’t help thinking the elephant got short-changed. “Really, really really long, trunks and that’s pretty much all there is to say.” Really? How about a gestation period of almost two years? The way they show emotions? The fact that they’re one of the only animals on Earth that is self-aware? How Dumbo fought Walt Disney about how the crows were racially stereotyped? You didn’t know that, did you Mr. Karim? Hah!
“That’s pretty much all there is to say” indeed.
See you soon.