As YouTube celebrates its five year anniversary, it confirmed that the video streaming site now receives more than two billion hits a day. This is almost double the number of people who tune into America’s three prime time television stations combined. The figure is even more remarkable when you consider the fact that YouTube was only just celebrating reaching one billion hits per day seven months ago.
- 8 million views a day – December 2005
- 10 hours of video uploaded per minute – January 2008
- 1 billion views a day – October 2009
- 24 hours worth of video uploaded per minute – March 2010
YouTube has made significant improvements since it first video was published (Watch video below) 5 years ago. The Website now has a more robust way of handling illegal uploads, introduced online captions and introduced new ways of generating revenue. There is however more room for improvement and additional changes are bound to happen in the near future in order to maintain its status as the Worlds number one video streaming platform.
The first ever video on YouTube, by co-founder Jawed Karim, uploaded on April 23, 2005
An overview of the history and highlights surrounding YouTube’s first 5 years (featuring Ronaldinho, Chinese Backstreet boys, Numa Numa, Barack Obama and Susan Boyle)
In addition to the introduction of mobile, HD and 3D videos, what do you think is the next step for YouTube?
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May 18, 2010 at 2:58 am
WOW! So many hits a day…no wonder I get so much lag when I try to watch my favorite videos on YouTube.
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May 18, 2010 at 4:06 am
hmmm, If flash is so buggy why do people use it to watch two billion videos per day?
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May 18, 2010 at 6:47 am
That is lots of traffic, YouTube is growing from strength to strength, wish them all the best.
May 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm
Wow this number is amazing you know, Two billion hits per day is a big big thing. I am amazed that the traffic is doubled in just 7 months.
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May 18, 2010 at 5:51 pm
This figure suggests that YouTube is probably an untapped source of traffic for many Website authors. You don’t need to be told, simply comparing the percentage of YouTube traffic you receive to 2 billion hits shows that there is still more work to be done.
May 21, 2010 at 10:28 pm
I thinkf that Google TV has a mass of capability, but also has the potential to fall. I’m hoping that everything progresses alright though. From what I have viewed, Google TV is something I would really like to get.
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May 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm
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August 10, 2011 at 8:39 am
Next step for youtube? It would be really cool if they would be able to come up with a way to have youtube TV. I mean, a lot of people spend time on youtube than on TV these days. It could be a hit.