Me at the zoo is the first ever YouTube video, uploaded by YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim on Saturday, April 23, 2005, at 8:27 P.M. The video was filmed by YouTuber Yakov Lapitsky in front of an elephant exhibit at the San Diego Zoo.
The video's comment section usually receives numerous comments every minute and second, with users botting and spamming comments to ask for subscribers.
When the annotation feature was added in 2008, Karim posted an annotation reading can you hear the goat? MEEEEEEEEEEEH!! to the video.
In September 2019, the video was speculated to be hacked by a user called "kthxbai", leaving a message saying sub2sub kthxbai -- fast and loyal if not i get a subs back i will unsubs your cahnnel. The original description was restored shortly after. This topic was covered by JT. This is unironically not hacked by the person named "kthxbai", as many people used the word at the end of the screen, meaning "Okay, Thanks, Goodbye."
In 2021, the description was changed to The first video on YouTube. While you wait for Part 2, listen to this great song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj82_v2R6ts&t=0s, which may be a hint for a Me at the zoo 2. The song was made by Clayton Stroup. It's an instrumental cover of Donkey Kong Country's Bonus Room Blitz.
(At the elephant section at the San Diego Zoo)
- Jawed Karim:Alright, so here we are at the uh... elephants. (turns around and looks at the elephants behind him) Cool thing about these guys is that these guys is that, is that they have really, really, really long um...trunks...and that's — that's cool. [an annotation appears onscreen] (turns around and looks at the elephants again) And that's pretty much all there is to say.
The video has received mixed responses from YouTubers and users alike. Positive responses have been given for the video's importance in YouTube's history. Negative responses have been given for the video's low production quality, expecting better content. It's comment section is also notorious for being filled with Sub2Sub comments. Due to the amount of spam in the comments, on September 24, 2020, it became the first ever YouTube video to hit 10 million comments.
"Part 2" started as a rumor who is showed in the video description: The first video on YouTube. While you wait for Part 2, listen to this great song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj82_v2R6ts There is no information about the Part 2, other then the music in the description changing .
But then the account jawed confirmed BUT jawed COULD BE HACKED (also He been hacked multiple times) SO THERE'S NOT A WAY TO BE 100% TO BE SURE about that
YouTube Firsts For Me at the zoo
- First Video
- First Video to Hit 10 Million Comments