8 years of YouTube: Our top clips

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  • April 23, 2013

It’s eight years to the day since the first YouTube video was uploaded and despite the content being distinctly average and not particularly interesting, helpful or informative, its legend has resulted in a massive 10,494,959 views:

Thankfully, since ‘Me at the Zoo’, was posted eight years ago, a lot more interesting video content has been published, 4 billion hours, that’s 456,000 years of it is watched every month.

Everyone can name at least one viral hit that has had their time riding the social wave provided by the video sharing giant and in recent years we have realised the gargantuan potential that YouTube can give to spread the word of brands and individuals.

Here at Branded3 we have decided to share our favourites from down the years. We all chose one video (much to the distain of Social Media Strategist Fiona Dunphy who couldn’t decide on one!) and added it to the list.

Please excuse the entry by Jack Cornwall, in order to keep this post ‘safe for work’, his first suggestion didn’t make it past quality control. Feel free to leave a comment with one of your own.

Update – Our Head of Design and Social Media Andrew Machin, was not included in the post and would like to add his favourite video of all time! So here it is:

Teaching my boy how to play Angry Birds

Head of Design and Social Media Andrew Machin

Legoshire Hot Pots – He’s Turned Emo

Mark Bowering, Head of Content


Funny Cat Runs into Wall

Simon Patchett, Web Outreach


How Animals Eat Their Food

Georgia Halston, Social Media Strategist



Michael Auty, Data Insights Analyst


Dramatic Chipmunk

Steve Shaw, Head of Digital


Have You Ever Had a Dream Like This?

Fi Dunphy, Social Media Strategist


Baby Gives the Evil Eye

Tami Dillon, Digital Designer


Streaker Fail

Joe Griffiths, Search Strategist


Catch the Ice Dude

Alan Ng, Data Insights Analyst


Terry Crews Playing Drums with Muscles

Jordan Appleson, Software Developer


Ultimate Dog Tease

Georgina Kershaw, Content Writer


Annoying Orange – ORANGE NYA NYA STYLE

Jack Cornwall, Web Outreach Team Member


The Crystal Maze – Epic, Epic Fail

Matthew Jackson, Head of SEO Strategy


Gallon Smashing Milk Prank

Douglas Radburn, Senior Web Developer


Blindfolded Nutshot Prank

Stuart Long, SEO Strategist


Life in a Day

Catherine Desrochers, Web Designer


Otters at Chester Zoo

Emma Barnes, Data Insights Analyst

Georgia Halston

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    Brilliant collection of videos, thanks! Cheered our Wednesday up!

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