This Saturday, San Francisco’s Herbst Pavillion was tranformed into a veritable Who’s Who of internet stars during (the first annual?) YouTube Live. The two-hour extravaganza was streamed live to as many as 700,000 concurrent viewers (that’s better than Oprah) and was YouTube’s first foray into live video.

The event was exactly what you’d expect if you imagined YouTube coming to life for the evening: some spectacle, some celebrities, plenty of annoyances, an abundance of tiny cameras, and a thing of awe when you take a step back and really think about it.

I spent the day at the show, camera in hand, and got the chance to speak with some people whose lives have forever been changed thanks to YouTube.

(Photo Credit: Reed Kavner. And I think iJustine had her eyes closed so she could pretend Chad was Steve Jobs.)

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