The domain name "You Tube.com" was activated on February 14, 2005, and during the next few months the website was developed. The first You Tube video uploaded on April 23, 2005 was titled Me at the zoo, and shows co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo.
additionally, Roelof Botha, a partner of the firm and former CFO of Pay Pal, joined the You Tube board of directors.
The purchase agreement between Google and You Tube came after You Tube presented three agreements with media companies in an attempt to escape the threat of copyright-infringement lawsuits.
You Tube planned to continue operating independently, with its co-founders and 67 employees working within Google.
Google's February 7, 2007 SEC filing revealed the breakdown of profits for You Tube's investors after the sale to Google.
At the time of reporting, Chad Hurley's profit was more than $395 million and Steve Chen's profit was more than $326 million.
In March 31, 2010, You Tube launched a new design with the aim of simplifying the interface and increasing the time users spend on the site.
Google product manager Shiva Rajaraman commented: "We really felt like we needed to step back and remove the clutter." According to May 2010 data published by market research company com Score, You Tube was the dominant provider of online video in the United States, with a market share of roughly 43 percent and more than 14 billion videos viewed during May. You Tube relaunched its design and layout on December 4, 2012 to be very similar to the mobile and tablet app version of the site.
In October 2010, Hurley announced that he would be stepping down as the chief executive officer of You Tube to take an advisory role, and that Salar Kamangar would take over as the head of the company., The You Tube slogan (Broadcast Yourself) was taken down due to the live stream of the U. On December 21, 2012, Gangnam Style became the first You Tube video to surpass one billion views.
In March 2013, the number of unique users visiting You Tube every month reached 1 billion.
Time magazine featured a You Tube screen with a large mirrorii7 as its annual 'Person of the Year', citing user-created media such as that posted on You Tube and featuring the site's originators along with several content creators.
The Wall Street Journal and New York Times have also reviewed posted content on You Tube, and its effects upon corporate communications and recruitment in 2006.
PC World Magazine named You Tube the ninth of the Top 10 Best Products of 2006.