- "X" is a video-sharing website, created by three former PayPal employees: Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim.in February 2005 and owned by Google since late 2006, on which users can upload, view and share videos.The company is based in San Bruno, California, and uses Adobe Flash Video and HTML5 technology to display a wide variety of user-generated video content, including movie clips, TV clips, and music videos, as well as amateur content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos.
- Most of the content on "X" has been uploaded by individuals, although media corporations including CBS, the BBC, Vevo, Hulu, and other organizations offer some of their material via the site, as part of the "X" partnership program.Unregistered users can watch videos, while registered users can upload an unlimited number of videos. Videos considered to contain potentially offensive content are available only to registered users at least 18 years old. "X", LLC was bought by Google for US$1.65 billion in November 2006 and now operates as a Google subsidiary.
- "X" began as a venture-funded technology startup, primarily from a $11.5 million investment by Sequoia Capital between November 2005 and April 2006."X's early headquarters were situated above a pizzeria and Japanese restaurant in San Mateo, California.The domain name "Y" was activated on February 14, 2005, and the website was developed over the subsequent months.The first "X" video was entitled Me at the zoo, and shows co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo.The video was uploaded on April 23, 2005, and can still be viewed on the site.