P Is for People: #10YearsofYouTube

May 17, 2015

For all the music, games, memes, fails, and how-tos, what may end up being YouTube's ultimate legacy is the people it connected us to. 10 years of YouTube have introduced us to some of the craziest, funniest, most-interesting, and most-unusual people we'd ever come across.

Matt Harding took us around the world. Tay Zonday took us into the studio. Keenan Cahill took us into his home. Jill Peterson and Kevin Heinz created a wedding moment so memorable, it was watched 90M times and even found its way into the epic nuptials of Pam Beesly and Jim Halpert on "The Office."

We cried tears of sadness when we lost Zach Sobiech and Talia Joy. And cried tears of joy when we experienced a rainbow with Bear Vasquez. Chris Crocker cried tears for Britney.

Names like Fred, Shane, Jenna, and Hola, are immediately identifiable to millions of fans who were attracted to their unique and magnetic personalities.

Sure some may associate early YouTube with animals, but of course it was often the larger-than-life people who made this place special, with vlogging, singing, and many other passions and talents that stole our hearts and kept us coming back.

And before you say something about Rebecca Black, let us point out that she got over 2.5M views… last month. (Mostly on Fridays.)

-- Kevin Allocca