"Homestar Runner is a "Flash animated "Internet "cartoon. It mixes "surreal humor with references to 1980s and 1990s pop culture, notably "video games, classic television and "popular music. Originally conceived as a parody of what the authors considered to be the surplus of low-quality picture books written for children, the site mostly caters towards young adults. Most of the site's traffic comes from the "United States; events in the cartoon itself usually take place in Free Country, USA. The cartoons are nominally centered on Homestar Runner. However, the series entitled Strong Bad Email, in which another main character, Strong Bad, answers emails from viewers, is the most popular and prominent feature of the site. While Homestar and Strong Bad are the main characters, the site has grown to encompass dozens of other characters over the years. The site is one of the most popular "Flash cartoons on the Internet and is notable for its refusal to sell advertising space (the creators pay for everything through merchandise sales, which includes a line of T-shirts). It grew in popularity largely through "word of mouth.
"Chad Meredith Hurley (born 1977) is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the popular "San Bruno, "California-based video sharing website "YouTube, one of the biggest providers of videos on the Internet. In June 2006, he was voted 28th on "Business 2.0's "50 people who matter" list. In October 2006 he sold YouTube for $1.65 billion to "Google. Hurley worked in "eBay's "PayPal division before starting YouTube with fellow PayPal colleagues "Steve Chen and "Jawed Karim. One of his tasks at eBay involved designing the original "PayPal logo. "Newsweek describes Hurley as a "user interface expert. He was primarily responsible for the "tagging and video sharing aspects of YouTube. YouTube was born when the founders (Hurley, Chen, and Karim) wanted to share some videos from a dinner party with friends in San Francisco in January 2005. Sending the clips around by e-mail was a bust: The e-mails kept getting rejected because they were so big. Posting the videos online was a headache, too. So they got to work to design something simpler. In 11 months the site became one of the most popular sites on the Internet because the founders designed it so people can post almost anything they like on YouTube in minutes.