It's been "rumored" and passed off as fact in one-liners in books, but Karim spoke at length about You Tube's origin story at his University of Illinois commencement speech back in 2007. "They began using You Tube to share videos of all kinds. ' By June, we had completely revamped the website, making it more open and general."We didn't even know how to describe our new product. It worked." Naturally, I found this video on You Tube (with an assist from our features editor, Brian Anderson, who happened to be at the commencement when it happened).To generate interest, we just said it was a new kind of dating site," Karim said. Karim has long since left the site, which was bought by Google for what now is the laughable sum of .65 billion worth of Google stock."We even had a slogan for it: Tune in, Hook up." As a dating site, You Tube had very few users. On its 10th birthday, you don't really need me to tell you how important You Tube is or how it's changed the world; how it's arguably one of the top repositories of knowledge, primary sources, and, OK, idiots with a webcam the world has ever seen."Especially among older people who went through the sexual revolution, with maturity they realize there are emotional consequences for getting involved in a sexual relationship," says Allen, author of Celebrating Single and Getting Love Right: From Stalemate to Soulmate.Play a game that tests your ability to match the percentage of the dating element that remains to the age of the object.Whether you're new to the dating scene, a regular player, or jumping back into the game after a long hiatus, the same questions about dating rules apply: How soon do you lean over for that first kiss? And last -- but by no means least -- how do you know when the time is right for sex?Karim's iconic trip to the zoo—the one where he stands in front of the elephants, what with their really, really, really long trunks—has become part of internet folklore.
"There's really no formula that I've encountered," says 28-year-old Andrew Reymer, a single resident of Baltimore, Maryland."It depends on how rapidly or slowly things progress." Joan Allen, a relationship expert, finds that baby boomers are far more likely to wait to have sex than younger daters.