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YouTube can make anyone a celebrity

Chad Hurley, one of the co-founders of YouTube, is to step down from his position as the chief executive of the phenomenally popular video-sharing website.

Chad Hurley, one of the co-founders of YouTube, recently announced that he was to step down from his position as the chief executive of the phenomenally popular video-sharing website.

Hurley founded YouTube in 2005, along with Steve Chen and Jawed Karim. While it may not have been around for long, its reach, appeal and impact are nothing short of staggering: YouTube is the third most-visited website in the world, with only Facebook and Google receiving a greater onslaught of visitors per day.

The first video was uploaded on April 23, 2005, and featured just 19 seconds of Karim at San Diego Zoo. Suffice to say, it wasn't the most scintillating thing in the world. Fast-forward six years though, and how things have changed. Careers have been forged on the site (notably that of the Britain's Got Talent contestant Susan Boyle), wedding proposals aired, and many a dance routine copied (you mean to say you haven't had a sneaky try at Beyonce's Crazy in Love routine?).

At the moment Justin Bieber's Baby featuring Ludacris is riding high as the most-watched video (with more than 300 million views to date).

Rather sweetly, though, this title was held for some months by the surprise hit "Charlie Bit My Finger", an endearing minute long clip featuring a mischievous one-year-old (Charlie) - you've guessed it - biting the finger of his three-year-old brother.

The popularity of the video is such that the boys now have their own blog and video series. Which just goes to prove that the power of YouTube can make even the unlikeliest people celebrities.