I should congratulate YouTube on making history this month; this year’s YouTube Rewind just became the most disliked video in the history of the platform. In celebration of this honor I will give a brief history of YouTube and the Rewind.
YouTube is a video-sharing website that has become an incredibly popular platform for animation, memes, and music videos. It was created by former PayPal employees in 2005, and its original intention was to serve as an online dating platform. YouTube also became the first site to broadcast sports for free, and by 2012, four Billion YouTube videos were being watched every day.
YouTube Rewind was created by YouTube itself in 2010, and at first it was used to show the top 10 YouTube videos of the year. In 2012, YouTube Rewind gained celebrity appearances from Psy and Carly Rae Jepson, as well as many popular YouTubers. It also featured the top memes of the year, making fun of the music video of “Gangnum Style” as well.
The yearly Rewind videos grew in popularity until 2018’s version, the video that gained the distinction of becoming the most disliked video of all time, partly because the person with the most subscribers on YouTube, PewDiePie, was left out of the video. Perhaps 2019 will be a better year for the Rewind.