Updated: 10/18/2022 by Computer Hope
YouTube logo

Sometimes abbreviated as YT, YouTube is a video sharing service that allows anyone to post any appropriate video or vlog. YouTube was founded by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim on February 15, 2005.

Once uploaded, other YouTube users can rate or leave comments about the video, and post a YouTube video response. Videos transferred to YouTube are converted to HTML5 (formerly Adobe Flash) so all users can view the videos without having to worry about getting extra software or plug-ins. Below is an example of a YouTube video created by Computer Hope called "The YouTube Cast," which features over 500 still shots from YouTube videos.

On October 9, 2006, Google announced plans that it was purchasing YouTube for $1.65 billion, a deal that later was completed.

How do I play a YouTube video?

  1. In your browser, go to the YouTube website.
  2. Once the YouTube page is opened, type a subject into the search bar at the top of the home page.
  3. Click the video to start playing it.

If you are on a smartphone or tablet, you can also get the YouTube app to watch YouTube videos.

Play YouTube video on a loop

You can set a YouTube video to play on a loop, or automatically repeat, on a computer by doing the following.

  1. Right-click the YouTube video.
  2. In the pop-up menu, click the Loop option.

What was the first YouTube video?

The first YouTube video, entitled "Me at the zoo," was uploaded by Jawed Karim on April 23, 2005.

How many users does YouTube have?

According to Statistica, YouTube is the second ranked website and social network with over 2.5 billion monthly active users.

What are some YouTube alternatives?

Below are some alternative services in alphabetical order similar to YouTube that lets you post your videos online.

Computer acronyms, Flash, Google, Internet terms, MySpace, Rumble, Social network, Streaming, Vimeo, Vlog, YouTube Gaming,YouTube Premium, YouTuber, YouTube Shorts, YT