Steve Chen, YouTube: 'we thought dating would be the obvious choice’—users didn’t agree

This article titled “YouTube was meant to be a video-dating website” was written by Stuart Dredge, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 16th March 2016 09.31 UTC

In 2016, YouTube is firmly established as online viewers’ first call for music videos, makeup tutorials and men screaming at games.

But what’s little know is that when it was launched in 2005, the site had a different aim: dating. According to co-founder Steve Chen, it was designed as a way for people to upload videos of themselves talking about the partner of their dreams.

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