You Tube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California, United States.The service was created by three former Pay Pal employees in February 2005.In November 2006, it was bought by Google for US.65 billion.
Available content includes video clips, TV show clips, music videos, audio recordings, movie trailers, and other content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos.
Most of the content on You Tube has been uploaded by individuals, but media corporations including CBS, the BBC, Vevo, Hulu, and other organizations offer some of their material via You Tube, as part of the You Tube partnership program.
Unregistered users can watch videos, and registered users are permitted to upload an unlimited number of videos and add comments to videos.
Videos deemed potentially offensive are available only to registered users affirming themselves to be at least 18 years old.
As of July 2016, the website was ranked as the second most popular site by Alexa Internet, a web traffic analysis company.
You Tube earns advertising revenue from Google Ad Sense, a program which targets ads according to site content and audience.
The vast majority of its videos are free to view, but there are exceptions, including subscription-based premium channels, film rentals, as well as You Tube Red, a subscription service offering ad-free access to the website and access to exclusive content made in partnership with existing users.
According to a story that has often been repeated in the media, Hurley and Chen developed the idea for You Tube during the early months of 2005, after they had experienced difficulty sharing videos that had been shot at a dinner party at Chen's apartment in San Francisco.
Karim did not attend the party and denied that it had occurred, but Chen commented that the idea that You Tube was founded after a dinner party "was probably very strengthened by marketing ideas around creating a story that was very digestible".
Karim said the inspiration for You Tube first came from Janet Jackson's role in the 2004 Super Bowl incident, when her breast was exposed during her performance, and later from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
Karim could not easily find video clips of either event online, which led to the idea of a video sharing site.