Me at the zoo
The first 18 seconds of YouTube: Jawed Karim, one of the site’s founders, gawking at elephants.
Touch of Gold
Advertising goes viral: Ronaldinho cracked the million-views mark with this Nike ad full of tricks.
Charlie bit my finger
Ouch! The world’s most famous fraternal feud— sorry, Cain and Abel—has over 800 million views.
His chipmunk voice makes him the first YouTube user to secure more than a million subscribers.
Justin Bieber’s hit remains the most-viewed video for two years and is still the one with the most dislikes.
Still out front with over 2 billion views. Also this year: 8 million watch Red Bull Stratos live, another record.
Red Bull Stratos
In the same year as Gangnam Style, the Austrian skydiver and base-jumper Felix Baumgartner made history by being the first man to break the sound barrier in a free fall. The jump was broadcast live on YouTube and, with more than 8 million viewers, the Red Bull Stratos became the most watched event in the history of the Internet.
Everyone’s gone mad: Even the Norwegian army did it. That’s what happens when something goes viral.