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 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:
Product Milestones 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)
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