Youtube has graced the internet since the early 2000s and has created a mass following that eagerly logs onto the site every night to watch their favorite content creator. No matter what ages you are, you have definitely heard of youtube due to the sheer impact it has had on society as we know it. Youtube offers everything from cooking to gaming content and there really is something for everyone to enjoy. However, it wasn’t always this way. Before everyone discovered youtube, the main creators mainly focused on fun skits and short films, but who are the creators that made the site so popular and what it is today?
Rhett and Link
Absolutely everyone has heard of Rhett and Link. They are one of Youtube’s original creator pair and have continued to produce daily videos over the last decade. You are bound to have seen one of their viral videos, most probably the one where they burn through 1000 t-shirts. The two started on the platform in their mid-thirties and have continued to captivate their fans as they have aged and it is all due to their quirky and likable personalities.
Though Smosh isn’t quite what it used to be, the channel is still up and running on youtube and captivating millions of views every month. Smosh originally started as the creation of two good friends with a love of making silly skits about everyday life topics. As the years have gone on, the original pair have disbanded and there is now an entire team that delivers the weekly skits that the channel gained its popularity from. When asked how Smosh managed to gain popularity so fast on the site they admitted that they buy subscribers on YouTube in large amounts. This is something a lot of YouTubers do and is another common technique used to gain supporters.
Shane Dawson does not have the same respect that he once had on the site, but it is hard to ignore the impact that he alone had on YouTube. Shane’s channel had many different focuses throughout the years, from music to controversial skits. He was loved by everyone on the site and was one of the first YouTubers that broke away from the site and became an everyday celebrity, with his merchandise sold in places such as hot topics and Amazon.
Pewdiepie is another Youtuber that has been big on the site for over a decade. He first became popular due to his hilarious reactions to jump- scare horror games and other stressful games that he would play. He is the most subscribed content creator on youtube right now and his popularity shows no signs of slowing down as everyday he gets thousands of new subscribers. He has had a few bumps in the road and a couple of years ago caused something referred to as the ‘ad-apocalypse’ but he has more than made up for his mistakes and is still loved by his fans. He also does a lot of charity work which shows just how generous he is.
Paint could be considered to be one of the least popular YouTubers on this list, but he has still made a massive impact on the site since he started posting in 2007. Paint focuses on a lot of musical parodies, which usually consists of taking popular songs and applying them to social events that are happening at the time. If you don’t recognize his name, you are still bound to have stumbled across some of his more popular videos as many of them went viral.