YouTube (MFA: [ˈjuːtjuːb], "YouTube" or "YouTube", sometimes (in the American manner) "YouTube") is a video hosting service that provides users with storage, delivery and video display services. YouTube has become the most popular video hosting and the second site in the world in terms of the number of visitors.

Users can upload, view, rate, comment, add to favorites and share certain videos. In January 2012, the daily number of video views on the site reached 4 billion. The site features films, music videos, trailers, news, educational programs, as well as amateur videos, including video blogs, slide shows, humorous videos and more. According to the “Russian newspaper”, in April 2013, 2% of the service’s audience, or 51 million people, were Russians. The site has various music charts showing the preferences of users depending on geographic location.


YouTube was created by Steve Chen, Chad Hurdley and Javed Karim, three former  PayPal employees in San Bruno, California. They used Flash Video (FLV) technology, which allows for relatively good recording quality with a small amount of transmitted data.

In November 2006, Google completed the purchase of YouTube by Google for $ 1.65 billion. Before buying YouTube, Google had a similar service - Google Video. Representatives of Google did not begin to close it, but used it as a place to search for videos on all video hosting sites. Google Video search currently includes YouTube.

The very first video, an 18-second amateur video from Javed Karim at the San Diego Zoo, was uploaded to YouTube on April 23, 2005 at 20:27 local time.

On November 13, 2007 YouTube launched the Russian version of the portal at, which opened with a clip by Pyotr Nalich. On July 9, 2010, Google announced IMAX support on YouTube.

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On December 2, 2011 YouTube launched a new version of the site’s interface, with video channels displayed in the central column on the main page, similar to news feeds on social networking sites. At the same time, a new version of the YouTube logo was introduced in a darker shade of red, the first design change since October 2006.

In February 2013, the channel design was updated. In August 2013, a line appeared at the top of the page that showed the video upload status.

On June 27, 2014, YouTube announced that it would soon begin supporting video at 48 and 60 frames per second. This update has already entered into force.

Example of videos on YouTube
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