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YouTube celebrates 5th birthday, gets two billion views daily

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 17 May 2010 21:40

YouTube celebrates 5th birthday, gets two billion views daily YouTube launched in May 2005 with a specific goal; to make it possible for users to easily upload and share videos with each other. The type of content wasn't particularly important, as long as the process was easy for the uploader and the viewer. Not long after it launched, YouTube built a multi-million community of users and became a well known brand.
The site now exceeds over two billion views daily, which it points out is double the prime-time audience of all three major U.S. television networks combined. It has hosted all kinds of video content from homemade videos to coverage of social unrest, such as the Iranian election protests in 2009 that showed the power of social media to spread information. The website is currently blocked in China.

More than 24 hours of video footage is currently uploaded to YouTube every single minute.

YouTube has launched the YouTube FiveYear Channel, which includes the "My YouTube Story" project where users from all over the world describe how YouTube affected their lives. Users can submit videos here, and they may be selected for the My YouTube Story project.

Some of YouTube's short history


YouTube is localized in 22 different countries in 24 different languages, and now receives 70 percent of all its video uploads from outside the United States. To date, the most popular video on YouTube is Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance", with over 200 million views.

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