5 yrs ago today Chad Hurley registered a URL. Today, more than 20 hours of video are uploaded every minute to YouTube.  If it wasn’t for YouTube (and Google I suppose), we might not be as far down the road as we are with online video.

From the YouTube Blog,

When we registered the YouTube domain on February 14, 2005, we set out to create a place where anyone with a video camera and an Internet connection could share a story with the world. Five years into it, we’re as committed as ever to the core beliefs and principles that guided YouTube’s creation…

Our goal? To set the standard in online video delivery. Fast loading, high quality videos need to be able to play on any device, anywhere, anytime. And whether we’re supporting 1080p, 3D, or deploying auto-speech recognition technology, we innovate with an eye toward providing the best possible experience for all of you.

As I mentioned in my predictions for 2010, I believe that this will be the year that YouTube turns a profit.  That would certainly be a nice anniversary present.  None-the-less, I look forward to YouTube continuing to push the envelope with online video in 2010.

There isn’t much else for me to say here but congratulations.