YouTube launched five years ago yesterday and was acquired by Google 3-1/2 years ago. Sunday marked not only the video streaming site’s fifth birthday, but also another huge milestone. YouTube now streams over two billion views per day – almost double the prime-time audience of all three major U.S. television networks combined.
If there was any doubt about YouTube being King of Video, it should be dispelled now.
To celebrate their fifth year, YouTube has launched a new channel of videos called My YouTube Story which features people around the world talking about how the video streaming service has changed their lives. These are plotted on a Google Map and the first set of clips for the channel were filmed by documentary filmmaker Stpehen Higgins.
Here are some stats, according to Google, for YouTube’s prominence:
- 2 billion views per day
- 3rd most-visited website (according to Alexa)
- Localized in 23 countries and 24 languages
- 15 minutes is the average user’s visit time per day
- 24 hours of video uploaded every minute
- 45 million home page impressions daily
- 70% of traffic is non-U.S.
- It would take you 1700 years to watch the hundreds of millions of videos now on YouTube.