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” Chen told the audience at the South by Southwest tech, film and music conference in Austin, Texas, reports CNet.“We thought dating would be the obvious choice.” Chen elaborated upon the original concept for You Tube, stating that it was conceived as a site for single people to make and upload videos introducing themselves and stating what they were looking for."Just three guys on Valentine's Day that had nothing to do," he said. You Tube has grown into a video empire and launched the careers of several stars, including Justin Bieber, makeup artist Michelle Phan and Swedish gamer Pew Die Pie.The service has also expanded to include a subscription site, You Tube Red, and a dedicated gaming site.Conducting 'social experiments' on the street is a big hit on You Tube, with every popular channel and online marketing agency seemingly falling over themselves to reach viral fame through capturing the reactions of strangers.A similar video produced by voucher site Top Cashback in August showed a woman offering free money to strangers on the streets of London.
After five days no one had uploaded a single video, so he and the other co-founders, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim, reconsidered.Forget viral videos, live gaming, and millionaire Web celebrities — You Tube’s original mission statement was to help you find love. If it wasn’t for a quick change of mind we’d all be using the service to find our next partner.According to the Google-owned video platform’s co-founder, Steve Chen, You Tube began life as a dating site.They knew they had something with the underlying technology that made it easy for people to upload videos to the Internet. "Let's just open it up to any video."The matchmaking element, though short-lived, was perhaps always in the cards.Chen said the founders registered the domain name You Tube on February 14, more than a decade ago.