Viral Video: Striking It Rich

Oct 16, 2006  •  Post A Comment

TelevisionWeek is trawling video-sharing Web sites to find the hottest clips spreading on the Internet.

The setup: Want to know what two very young, very rich, very happy guys look like? Like a garage band from Silicon Valley, that’s what. YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen took a break from celebrating last week to record a short clip-in the shaky, grainy, amateur video quality that apparently made their site worth $1.65 billion-about the Google acquisition in the form of a message to the site’s users. Mr. Chen thanks the community for getting YouTube to where it is today, while Mr. Hurley promises to continue developing a more innovative service. Then Mr. Hurley quips that “two kings have gotten together … the king of search and the king of video.” That makes the two of them laugh. A lot. Like all the way to the bank.

The source: The YouTube founders made the video Oct. 9, the day the purchase was announced, and posted it on the site later that day.

The hits: As of Oct. 12, the clip had generated more than 1.6 million views.