OG YouTubers

The beginning of “like, comment, and subscribe!”

With YouTube being the second-most used website in the world, it’s perfect place for people to find an audience. Although today YouTube is a site everyone if familiar with, it hasn’t always been that way. In the beginning, people saw YouTube as a way to share funny, homemade videos they made with friends or family; others it soon became a way of life, and even a way to earn a living.

YouTube was launched in 2005 and has been evolving ever since. Google noticed YouTube’s potential in October 2006 and purchased it for $1.65 billion. Slowly, people began noticing that it was possible to make a career from YouTube. There are those who have been on YouTube from the very start … but only a select few were successful and are still popular on YouTube now. The term “OG” (meaning original gangster) describes these YouTubers, such as Shane Dawson, Kandee Johnson, Tyler Oakley, and many more. These YouTubers are are the ones who started uploading videos for fun on YouTube, and were able to make a living on this platform.   

Shane Dawson
Joined YouTube on September 21, 2005

Shane Dawson

He currently has over 19 million subscribers, and over 4 billion views. Shane is most known for his conspiracy theory videos, podcasts, and his unique sense of humor.

Nicole Guerriero

Joined YouTube on November 26, 2006

She currently has almost 3 million subscribers, and over 325 million views. As a beauty YouTuber, her most popular videos are her celebrity inspired makeup looks.


Joined YouTube on February 2, 2007

She has over 12 million subscribers and just over 1 billion views on her main YouTube channel. She started off making videos about beauty and fashion. She now creates more lifestyle focused content, still with a focus on beauty and fashion.

Tyler Oakley

Joined YouTube on September 18, 2007

Tyler Oakley

He has almost 8 million subscribers and over 667 million views. Tyler is a popular content creator because as an LGBTQ YouTuber, a lot of people can relate to his videos, and they enjoy his humorous presence.

Kandee Johnson

Kandee Johnson joined YouTube on January 3, 2009

Kandee Johnson

She has almost 4 million subscribers and 449 million views. Kandee is most known for using makeup to transform herself into iconic characters such as Disney princesses.


Mindy McKnight from CuteGirlsHairstyles (CGH) joined YouTube on March 17, 2009

This family channel has 5.6 million subscribers and over 1 billion views. CGH started off with tutorials for simple, cute hairstyles for girls, and has evolved into a channel with a mix of family vlogs, and hair styles done by Mindy and her daughters.

Bethany Mota

Joined YouTube on June 8, 2009

Bethany Mota

She has over 10 million subscribers and almost 1 billion views. Before she became very popular, she was known as Macbarbie07. Her popularity came from her videos about makeup, fashion, and DIY’s. She is still active on YouTube, but her channel is now mainly focused on lifestyle, challenges, and collaborations.


PewDiePie, also known as Felix, joined YouTube on April 29, 2010

He has over 72 million subscribers and almost 19 billion views. PewDiePie is known for his unique humor and video game commentary that sets him apart from other YouTubers.

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