Here’s a timeline that may or may not make you angry:
January 2005: YouTube housed in a Menlo Park garage. May 2005: YouTube site “up-and-running.” December 2005: Official launch. August 2006: Co-founder Chad Hurley tells Charlie Rose he sees YouTube “building the next generation platform to serve media worldwide.” October 2006: Google buys YouTube for $1.65
It’s hard to imagine a media story bigger in 2006 than YouTube’s $1.65 billion sale to Google. In fact, most of the media’s biggest stories in 2006 have YouTube to thank: Stephen Colbert’s takedown of President Bush at the White House Correspondent’s dinner, Bill Clinton’s finger-wag on Fox News and who could forget the “macaca” moment all were streamed and beamed by YouTube, and promptly caught fire.
mediabistro.com’s 2006 Year-End Media Awards