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?