Since it launched in 2005, YouTube has become one of the few Internet properties that’s much more than a domain name. Like Google, Facebook, Wikipedia, and Twitter, YouTube has become an essential service of the Internet. It’s a utility, a social network, a search engine, a source of online storage, and an endless source of consternation for content owners.
YouTube was launched in April of 2005 and the first video uploaded was by co-founder Jawed Karim with a short clip titled ‘Me at the Zoo’.
The First Video Uploaded On YouTube by Co-Founder Jawed Karim – “Me at the Zoo”
On The Occasion of it’s 5th Birthday, YouTube now owned by Google announced a major new milestone – YouTube now gets 2 billion views per day – According to the Google-owned site, “that’s nearly double the prime-time audience of all three major U.S. television networks combined.”, 30% of which come from the U.S.
To help commemorate the occasion, YouTube is also launching a new channel of videos called “My YouTube Story”, which includes a collection of clips featuring people around the world talking about how YouTube has changed their lives. The initial batch of clips were filmed by documentary filmmaker Stephen Higgins, and some of them are quite touching. YouTube users can upload their own video stories as well; YouTube will be plotting these videos on a global map, and will also offer an interactive timeline of clips.
YouTube 5 Year Anniversary Video
YouTube has also compiled some stats and timelines as it reflects on its first five years.
Here are the site’s most current stats:
2 Billion views a day
3rd most visited website (Alexa)
Localized in 23 countries across 24 different languages
15 The average number of minutes people spend on the site each day
24 Hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute
45 Million home page impressions every day
70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside the U.S.
100 Years of video scanned by copyright managent technology, Content ID, every day
1700 Years it would take you to watch the hundreds of millions of videos on YouTube
Here are some other goodies YouTube is sharing:
The First YouTube Homepage, 2005
A Brief History of YouTube
First video uploaded to the site (April 2005)
Ronaldinho video is first to reach 1 million views(July 2006)
Google acquires YouTube (October 2006)
CNN/YouTube debates (June 2007)
YouTube mobile site launches (January 2008)
YouTube Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall (April 2009)
YouTube enables embeds on other sites (June 2005)
Partner Program launches (December 2007)
InVideo Ads launches (August 2007)
Content ID launches (October 2007)
YouTube videos available in HD (December 2008)
Shows and Movies (April 2009)
YouTube XL (June 2009)
YouTube Direct (November 2009)
HTML5 Supported Videos (January 2010)
Top 5 Most Viewed Videos of all time
Lady Gaga Bad Romance with 196,115,524 views
Charlie bit my finger with 185,714,255 views
Evolution of Dance with 142,679,738 views
Miley Cyrus – 7 Things with 117,413,641 views
Pitbull – I Know You Want Me with 118,410,161 views
Top 5 Most Subscribed Partners
nigahiga with 2,186,108 subscribers
Fred with 1,721,0095 subscribers
ShaneDawsonTV with 1,486,594
smosh with 1,461,046 subscribers
RayWilliamJohnson with 1,223,753 subscribers
Interesting YouTube Facts and Figures