Even the site’s domain name was registered on February 14, Valentine’s Day.
“Just three guys on Valentine’s Day that had nothing to do,” Chen remarked about himself and his fellow co-founders.
Long before Tinder made swiping a thing for matchmaking apps, there was a little-known video site trying to play cupid to the Internet generation: You Tube.
That's not exactly what comes to mind when you think of the world's largest video site, which welcomes a billion visitors a month.
"We thought dating would be the obvious choice."The idea was for single people to make videos introducing themselves and saying what they were looking for, said Chen.
After five days no one had uploaded a single video, so he and the other co-founders, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim, reconsidered.
Unlike Hayley Quinn's flower video, more than half of those approached refused the money.
Clearly, the way to a stranger's heart is through flowers, not cash.
Dating advice may not be hard to come by, but good dating advice that you can actually use to get the guy or girl you want isn’t as straightforward.
Conducting 'social experiments' on the street is a big hit on You Tube, with every popular channel and online marketing agency seemingly falling over themselves to reach viral fame through capturing the reactions of strangers.
A similar video produced by voucher site Top Cashback in August showed a woman offering free money to strangers on the streets of London.
In its latest installment, You Tube dating and travel series Dating Beyond Borders looks at female beauty standards across countries from the UK to Jamaica to show how vastly they vary and asking: 'how far do we go to look beautiful?
''In order to achieve the "healthy body girl" look, a woman must be between 160 and 210 pounds,' claims the video, adding that some women have been known to take the now-outlawed 'chicken pills' - engineered to help chickens grow faster - to help them gain bigger hips and bottoms.