Amy-May Elliot of Mashable dug up ten facts from the mysterious origins of YouTube, some of which may surprise you. Did you know that the video hosting site almost turned into a video version of Hot or Not?
Legend has it that YouTube began life as a video dating site dubbed “Tune In Hook Up,” said to be influenced by HotorNot. The three ultimately decided not to go that route. The inspiration for YouTube as we know it today is credited to two different events. The first was Karim’s inability to find footage online of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction,” and the second when Hurley and Chen were unable to share video footage of a dinner party due to e-mail attachment limitations.
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