Co-founder Steve Chen leaves YouTube for Google — is YouTube now officially dead?

News: The rumors are true. Steve Chen, one of the co-founders, its CTO, and and one of the most prominent “faces” of YouTube, has left YouTube. He’s moved on to Google to work on other projects. (More)

Analysis: Wow, this is sad, but not surprising news. One of the chief architects has left YouTube. Not surprising given that YouTube has been changing over the past year to become more like the professional-content site Hulu. Still it is a sad day for YouTube. Oh, what could have been. (It’s even more sad that neither Google nor YouTube made an official announcement of Steve Chen’s change.) The original YouTube may well be now dead, for all intents and purposes.

Here’s the historic video of Steve with Chad Hurley announcing back in 2006 being bought by Google.

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