When YouTube was starting out in the late 2000s, the first set of creators recording videos couldn't have known how big the platform would become.
These YouTubers set the precedent for what it meant to be an online personality — no one could tell them that the path they were on could turn them into bonafide celebrities.
Suddenly, online creators were having offline impacts, from the comfort of their own homes.
Seven early YouTubers told Business Insider the first time they realized...
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