Youtube started as a dating service and Netflix did doorstep delivery of DVDs


Forget viral videos, live gaming, live streaming and online shopping. These companies started out with the weirdest business plans ever. Thankfully, they changed their minds in time to realise their true potential and gave birth to some of the greatest online platforms the world has ever seen.

Here’s a look at the initial business plan of these 5 great online media platforms available today.

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Youtube
Youtube was started as a place to go to find love. Yes, it started as a dating site for single people to make and upload videos introducing themselves and stating what they were looking for. Even the site’s domain name was registered on February 14, Valentine’s Day. Hadn’t it been a change of mind on part of the founders, our beloved youtube would have become the Tinder of the web world.

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Snapdeal
Snapdeal started as a coupon site but soon realising the potential of ecommerce in India, gave up coupons and entered the forte.

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Facebook
Facebook’s predecessor was named Facemash. Initially, the website was invented by four Harvard students, Mark Zuxkerberg, Andrew McCollum, Chris Hughes and Dustin Moskovitz. Zuckerberg wrote the software for the Facemash website which was set up as a type of “hot or not game” for Harvard students. The website allowed visitors to compare two student pictures side-by-side and let them choose who was “hot” and who was “not”.

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Twitter
Twitter initially started as an SMS service to communicate with a small group and was named twttr. Later it expanded to become a social media platform to connect with the world at large.

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Netflix
Netflix started as a DVD-by-mail service which later took to streaming in 2007.

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